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Secretary Of State Alex Padilla To Discuss Voting Rights With UC San Diego Students

Secretary Of State Alex Padilla To Discuss Voting Rights With UC San Diego Students


Alex Padilla, California secretary of state


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Democrat Alex Padilla speaks during a debate for secretary of state, April 23, 2014.

President Trump's unsupported claim of widespread voter fraud in California and other states is "a lie," California Secretary of State Alex Padilla told CNN last week.

Padilla was responding to Trump's push for an investigation into voter fraud and his claims that millions of voters cast illegal ballots. There is no evidence to support Trump's claims.

"(Voter fraud) is frankly minuscule, and it's not just a wild guess here. We have had a request for recounts in recent years whether it's a very closely contested congressional race, or a state legislative race, or maybe local city council, or mayor's race," Padilla said. "And whenever we get to that recount and going through the very thorough protocols, a couple, a handful, single-digit difference, maybe."

Padilla will be in San Diego on Thursday to give a lecture to a UC San Diego political science class studying the Voting Rights Act. His office said he will discuss California's efforts to increase voter participation and the unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud.

Padilla joins KPBS Midday Edition on Thursday to discuss how California would respond to any voter fraud investigation and how to convince voters who believe Trump's claims.

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