Secretary of State says an election could not be rigged in Alabama

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. -- Presidential nominee Donald Trump continues to make statements that the election is rigged. That's why WHNT News 19 is taking action to see if voter fraud is actually a problem in Alabama.

Alabama Secretary of State, John Merrill told WHNT that an election could not be rigged in the Yellowhammer state.

"In Alabama, our systems are air gapped. They're not connected through the internet. That's not a possibility," Merrill said.

However, Secretary Merrill said other state voting systems might not be as secure.

Trump previously tweeted out that there is widespread voter fraud taking place. Merrill said that his office is currently investigating allegations of absentee voter fraud, but said it's not widespread.

"We are trying to make sure that if there are allegations that are substantiated, that those individuals are identified, they are investigated, and if it warrants an indictment, they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law," said Merrill.

In the last two years, there's been four absentee voter convictions in Alabama. Merrill said before he took office absentee voter fraud convictions hadn't happened in decades.

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