Donald J. Trump has found a new reason to question the legitimacy of the 2016 election — ballots — and he wasted little time here on Saturday before taking issue with the voting system in this largely vote-by-mail state. “I have real problems with ballots being sent,” Mr. Trump said, pantomiming a ballot collector sifting envelopes and tossing some over his shoulder while counting others. “If you don’t have a ballot, they give you another one and they void your one at home,” he told the crowd at an afternoon rally, explaining how voters could go fill out their ballot at the back of the venue here. “And then, of course, the other side would send that one in too, but, you know, we don’t do that stuff. We don’t do that stuff.” Mr. Trump’s repetitive accusations of a “rigged” election and a slanted electoral system are grounded in the belief that fraudulent behavior would only help his opponent. Yet it was a Trump supporter in Des Moines who was charged on Thursday with a Class D felony in Iowa, having sent in two absentee ballots, both supporting Mr. Trump. “The polls are rigged,” she added, repeating a line often said by Mr. Trump.
The Polk County attorney, John P. Sarcone, told Iowa Public Radio that it was one of the very few instances of voter fraud that he had come across in his more than three decades of service. And nationally, voter fraud is rare, despite Mr. Trump’s insistence.
Nonetheless, Mr. Trump seemed undeterred in his wariness of the security of ballots, despite the same process having been in place when Cory Gardner, a Republican, defeated the incumbent Democratic senator, Mark Udall, in 2014. Mr. Trump closed his rally by encouraging his supporters to “follow their ballots” to make sure they are registered and counted. “You can follow your ballot, make sure that ballot is registered, make sure that ballot is counted,” he said, later adding, “So follow your ballot, and if you do I, really think were gonna win Colorado and maybe win it big.”
Lynn Bartels, the spokeswoman for the Colorado secretary of state’s office, said the electoral process in the state was secure.