Conspiracy Theory

That’s Not How This Works

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

The Republican presidential nominee, Donald Trump, apparently has no idea how voting works.

Trump spoke to the Washington Post about his claim that the November election may be "rigged" against him and he unwittingly revealed that he has no fucking clue.

In his interview with The Post, Trump offered that his chief concern about fraud was that states without strict identification requirements would see rampant repeat voters. “If you don’t have voter ID, you can just keep voting and voting and voting,” he said. On Fox News, Trump’s only evidence for fraud consisted of “precincts where there were practically nobody voting for the Republican” in the 2012 election.


The state of New York does not require a photo ID to cast a ballot. Is Trump saying he has personally voted multiple times in a single election?

Unless some form of evidence proves otherwise, I'm just going to assume Trump has never voted in his life.

  • mnpollio

    Vote! Why would Herr Trump need to vote? He lets the little people do that and then just tries to buy off whoever gets the nod to do his bidding. Then if they don’t fall into line, he smears them and throws public hissy fits. No voting needed for Der Trump.

  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Devil’s advocate: If we have no means of catching such fraud, how do we know it doesn’t exist?

    Also, how do we know that shape-shifting lizard people aren’t illegally voting en masse for the Republicans? I think we need DNA tests at every polling place just to be sure.

    • Groundloop

      To borrow a trope from Wonkette, it would be irresponsible to not wildly speculate.

  • Username1016

    Seems to me that when I go in there to vote, they look up my name on a list of registered voters, and I have to sign on the line, and they make sure my signature looks just like it did last time, and they check me off the list. I would be puzzled to keep voting and voting and voting — I think those public-spirited ladies who run the place (and hand out free Tootsie Rolls, bless their hearts) would refuse to let me. But what do I know, I’m not Donald Trump.

    • Badgerite

      Exactly. You register before you vote so that when you show up to vote, there is your name and address which they must verify and then you can vote. If you are not registered to vote, you don’t get to vote. Except maybe provisionally. This is someone who is running for POTUS who doesn’t know about voter registration. If you try to register more than once, it would show up in the system.
      Which is why in Chicago they used to get a lot of dead people registering to vote. Way back when.
      Now, I doubt that that could happen.

  • muselet

    90+ days out from the election and Donald Trump is already test-driving excuses for losing. That wouldn’t be so bad—in fact, it would be hilarious—if his supporters weren’t predisposed to believe anything that falls out of his piehole.

    As Bob and Chez said on yesterday’s podcast, it’s not enough for Trump merely to lose the election, he has to be crushed, to lose by a large enough margin that even the folks in the tinfoil hats can’t seriously believe there was fraud involved.