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Long Islanders Echo Officials In Every State: "No Evidence Of Voter Fraud"

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New York state and county election officials on Long Island say the counting of absentee ballots this week will be secure. That’s as election officials from across the U.S. tell The New York Times that there is no evidence of voting irregularities, in response to false statements made by President Trump and his allies claiming rampant voter fraud denied him a second term.

“Both Biden and Trump supporters can be confident their ballots were counted properly. And they weren't watered down by fraud by elections workers, because bipartisan county boards of elections, has an inherent system of checks and balances, guaranteed by the state election law," said Nick LaLota, Republican Commissioner of the Suffolk County Board of Elections.

"Election boards [in New York] are staffed by employees who are members of the two major parties," he continued. "And the law promotes a system of checks and balances Republican workers, check the work of Democrat workers, and vice versa. And this is to prevent the fraud, the funny business, which is alleged in several other states right now."

Jay Jacobs, who’s both the state and Nassau County Democratic Party Chairman, said observers from both parties will monitor the counting of absentee ballots.

Several Republican and Democratic candidates in New York have already filed lawsuits to certify the election before absentee ballots were counted, or to go before a judge in a contested race.

A native Long Islander, J.D. is WSHU's managing editor. He also hosts the climate podcast Higher Ground. J.D. reports for public radio stations across the Northeast, is a journalism educator and proud SPJ member.