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Schneiderman: No illegal voting in New York State

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks on

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman speaks on Feb. 15, 2017. Credit: Getty Images / Drew Angerer

WASHINGTON — Despite President Donald Trump’s insistence that illegal voting was rampant in the 2016 election, New York Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman on Wednesday called voter fraud “a non-issue, at least in New York State.”

Schneiderman wrote to three members of Congress who sent letters in January asking election officials and attorneys general across the country about voter fraud after Trump said he believes 3 million to 5 million people voted illegally.

The New York State Board of Elections said 7.8 million New Yorkers voted in the Nov. 8 presidential election, but Schneiderman wrote, “We did not receive a single substantiated claim of voter fraud.”

According to Schneiderman, “Out of the thousands of calls we received, only two callers made allegations of fraud. We investigated one claim and determined the allegation was unfounded. We were unable to investigate the second claim, as the voter did not provide sufficient information.”

Schneiderman added that the New York State Board of Elections “has not referred a single allegation related to fraudulent voting during the 2016 election” to his office.

Instead, Schneiderman said, most complaints to his office’s Election Day hotline “were overwhelmingly related to problems voters had in exercising their right to vote.”

He referred to his December report on the April 2016 primary that said voters encountered barriers erected by the state’s “restrictive voting laws, rules and procedures, as well as by administrative errors of state agencies and local boards of election.”

The letter seeking evidence of voter fraud was sent by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the top Democrat on the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, along with Reps. Robert Brady (D-Pa.) and James Clyburn (D-S.C.).

Wednesday was the deadline for responses to their inquiries. A spokeswoman for them had no comment.

Though no evidence has yet emerged to prove that millions voted illegally, White House spokesman Sean Spicer on Wednesday said a White House task force to investigate illegal voting was still being put together by Vice President Mike Pence.

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