Philadelphia leaders assail claims of impending voter fraud

PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Elected leaders in Philadelphia are taking issue with Trump campaign allegations that the presidential election could be compromised by fraud. They say the claims are meant to disrupt voting and discourage minorities from going to the polls.

Republican nominee Donald Trump has said the only way he could lose Pennsylvania is if there is “cheating,” and singled out Philadelphia as a city watch.

Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani this weekend also questioned the integrity of voting in Philadelphia.

Democratic members of the city council, state Senate, and U.S. House, and members of two election watchdog groups, on Monday defended how Philadelphia handles elections.

A Republican election commissioner also warned that “the real threat to the integrity of elections is irresponsible accusations that undermine confidence in the electoral process.”

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