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Eau Claire clerk responds to Trump's accusations of voter fraud


Eau Claire (WQOW) - President Elect Donald Trump tweeted accusations of voter fraud, saying he not only won the electoral college, but also the popular vote in the Nov. 8 election. 

A tweet from Trump claimed millions of people voted illegally, costing him the popular victory. City of Eau Claire Municipal Clerk Donna Austad said it is unlikely there were illegal ballots cast in Eau Claire because of Wisconsin laws requiring proof of residence and a photo ID to vote. She said those registering to vote also need to provide basic information on the application and certify that they meet the requirements to be a registered voter in Wisconsin. However, Austad said she cannot speak for the states Trump specifically called out for having voter fraud, such as Virginia, New Hampshire and California. 

"Could it happen somewhere in the U.S.? Sure, that is a possibility," Austad said. "I don't know the procedures. I am familiar with the Wisconsin requirements and procedures, not what the rest of the nation does. They have different times in which a person has to live, when registration is available, and not all states have election day registration."

According to Wisconsin law, anyone caught illegally voting can face felony charges. 

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