BATON ROUGE, Louisiana – As the 2016 presidential election nears, voter fraud has become a real issue not only for voters, but for state election officials, as GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump warns of a “rigged system” on Election Day.
Louisiana Secretary of State Tom Schedler told WWL-TV that the state’s voter ID law makes it even more difficult for fraud to occur, though his office is monitoring for potential threats.
“As you know when you go to vote, they’re calling your name out, they’re looking at your card, you’re writing your name down and showing that I.D., so it makes it difficult,” Schedler told WWL-TV.
Schedler is referring to the check-in process at polling places in Louisiana.
In the state, voters must be U.S. citizens, reside at the address that they’re registered to vote under and cannot be convicted of a felony or deemed mentally incompetent by the courts.
If voters do not possess appropriate ID, they must complete a sworn affidavit.
In neighboring states like Texas, there are more options for voter ID than Louisiana.
Texas state law permits voters to bring a state driver’s license, an election ID certificate, a personal ID card, a Texas license to carry, a U.S. military picture ID, a U.S. citizenship picture certificate, or a passport. Texas voters may also sign an affidavit with other alternative IDs if necessary.
Trump has said that in states without voter ID laws, voters “are going to vote 10 times,” as Breitbart News reported at the time.
“You don’t have to have voter ID to now go in and vote and it’s a little bit scary,” Trump said.
John Binder is a contributor for Breitbart Texas. Follow him on Twitter at @JxhnBinder.