North Texas elections administrators say their voting systems are secure and mass voter fraud is practically impossible, despite the repeated claims of Donald Trump of a rigged election.
Both Dallas and Collin County’s chief elections officials say the idea of rigging the presidential election is wrong.
“Our election equipment is not part of the internet. It’s not attached to the cloud - it's independent,” said Dallas County’s Toni Pippins-Poole.
There are electronic keys, secret codes and protected passwords needed to operate the election systems in each county and count the ballots.
“It would require -- if you're talking about rigging an election -- as decentralized as it is, as stand-alone as it is … you would physically have to have access to every one of the pieces of voting equipment to do that,” said Collin County’s Bruce Sherbet.
Pippins-Poole said her office has been getting phone calls and emails from people worried about the Nov. 8 election being rigged.
“We're trying to explain to them, to encourage them to have that confidence in the system,” Pippins-Poole said.
Sherbet said there are safeguards in place to prevent fraud and rigging.
“You have poll workers from both parties in the polling place – that’s your check and balance,” Sherbet said. “You have ballot boards that review the materials, you have systems that have to be certified.”
Pippins-Poole said the claims of rigging from Trump and creating doubt in the process.
“When you have someone who continues to say that the process is corrupt then you have voters saying, ‘My vote doesn’t matter, you're gonna do whatever you want with it’ and that’s far from the truth,” Pippins-Poole said.