Fears of unrest as Trump warns of 'large-scale voter fraud'
Donald Trump, the US Republican presidential nominee, threatened to undermine the entire US electoral process yesterday after claiming that "large-scale voter fraud" was going on, raising fears of widespread unrest if he loses on November 8.
His allegations raised the prospect that Mr Trump could refuse to recognise the legitimacy of the result in the event of an election win for his Democratic rival, Hillary Clinton.
Mr Trump previously said he believed the election was being "rigged" by the media in conjunction with the Clinton campaign.
But in his latest accusations he claimed fraud was going to happen at the ballot box and Republican leaders were "naïve" to deny it.
"Of course there is large-scale voter fraud happening on and before election day," he said.
Mr Trump appeared to contradict his running mate, Mike Pence, who said: "We will absolutely accept the results of the election."
The billionaire provided no evidence to back up his allegations.
However, a study by Loyola Law School found that out of one billion votes cast in all US elections between 2000 and 2014, there were only 31 known cases of impersonation fraud.
Jon Husted, secretary of state in Ohio, and a Republican, accused Mr Trump of being irresponsible.
"We make it hard to cheat. If there is a systemic problem please identify it. Don't just make an allegation on Twitter, tell me. They're not going to be rigged. I'll make sure of that."