Local election workers frustrated by statement claiming the election is "rigged"

EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU)- Presidential candidate Donald Trump has local election workers frustrated by his latest statement as Trump claims the election is “rigged.”

Eau Claire City Clerk Donna Austad said they always do their best to make sure an election is fair and open.

Austad said the city works with both local democratic and republican parties who provide lists of workers to staff all voting sites.

Those workers go through multiple training sessions prior to the election. These began last week for new poll workers and continues this week for returnees.

Austad adds all sites are equally staffed.

“The elections in the City of Eau Claire, Eau Claire County and throughout the state of Wisconsin are conducted with the utmost integrity,” Austad said. “They’re fair and they’re open and anyone is more than welcome to come and watch the whole process.”

WEAU Political Analyst John Frank adds this election process has been in place for the last 230 years.

Frank said Trump’s statement of the election being “rigged” could possibly be a campaign tactic.

Without giving an exact reason to how the election is rigged, Frank said Trump could be referencing that the system or the process is rigged, or the influence of national media outlets.

“When somebody has celebrity status, sometimes it’s almost like that old expression, ‘well gee, I found it on the internet, therefore it must be true;’ ‘well gee, this celebrity said this therefore it must be true;’ well just like not everything on the internet is true, not everything a celebrity says is true either,” Frank said.

Trump is expected to appear in Wisconsin Monday night while presidential opponent Hillary Clinton is not scheduled to make any public appearances until Wednesday’s final debate in Las Vegas.

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