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Trump tells supporters to vote twice to fight voter fraud

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, takes the stage at a campaign rally Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Phoenix.
Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump, center, takes the stage at a campaign rally Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, in Phoenix. AP

Despite a rash of recent polls showing the presidential race narrowing significantly, Republican nominee Donald Trump is not letting up with his message that the election might be rigged, telling supporters not to trust mail-in ballots and vote again if they are suspicious of their vote not being counted.

At a rally in Greeley, Colo., on Sunday night, Trump told supporters to obtain new ballots because, “do you think those (mail-in) ballots are properly counted?”

Trump then instructed rally-goers to visit a nearby voting center and check to see if their first ballot had been counted, then, “they’ll void your old ballot, they’ll give you a new ballot.”

“Now in some places they probably do that four or five times but we don’t do that. But that’s great,” Trump continued.

But according to Fox 31, Trump’s strategy might not be entirely permissible. Once a voting official has received a ballot, a voter cannot change their vote, according to the Colorado Secretary of State’s office. Whether a vote can be confirmed is unclear, but voiding a ballot does not seem to be an available process, though voters can request a replacement ballot. There is a website through which Colorado voters can check on the status of their ballot.

Trump’s claims that the election is rigged has already given rise to one incident of voter fraud on his own behalf, as an Iowa woman attempted to vote twice for Trump because she believed her first vote would be counted for Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, according to The Washington Post.

The full transcript of Trump’s remarks are below, from Sopan Deb of CBS News.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated with more information.

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