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East Texas election officials talk possibility of presidential election rigging

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EAST TEXAS (KTRE) -

Wednesday’s final presidential debate between Clinton and Trump brought forth many concerns and claims to the public’s attention.

One of the most talked about was the when Trump claimed that the impending election could possibly be rigged.

Angelina County election administrator Connie Brown said she was a little surprised. 

“He didn’t give any specifics of what he was thinking to promote his claim.” Brown said.

But still the question remains, is there a possibility for error?

Nacogdoches County Elections worker Todd Stallings said that it’s highly unlikely.

“One thing that I would say about Texas voting is that there are a lot of checks and balances and there are a lot of restrictions still in place.” Stallings said.

Some of these things include random scanner checks before and after the voting process and partial manual hand counted votes that are conducted by the state.

“The state will send us surprises for us to check certain machines to make sure everything’s matching up.” Stallings said.

There are also multiple copies of everything and none of the equipment is connected to the internet so there is no chance of any type of hacking.

“Whenever I or anyone is entering the information about the election, we have the votes whether they wind up on paper or they’re voted on the electronic machines they are stored on individual flash cards.” Stallings said.

There’s also an audit log that helps keep track of everything recorded on the flash cards.

All ballot boxes and electronic machines also have seals that can never be broken during the voting process.

“If this seal comes back broken then that’s’ where we would talk to some of the poll workers and start asking questions.” Stallings said.

With all these thorough safety protocols officials say that every vote is safe and secure.

“With all of the equipment that we have here, I feel very confident in how safe and secure it all is for the voters that come into vote. “ Brown said.

Early voting for the general election begins on October 24th and runs through November 4th.

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