Widespread voter fraud to derail a national election would require both systemic and local corruption in perfect coordinated synchronization. As stated before, the logistical considerations are enormous. Anyone that actually knew something about politics, such as myself, will immediately tell you that a national election is actually 50 or so state operations, effectively statewide elections. That’s why each state has its own campaign staff, assuming the campaign can afford one. In 2008, for example, the McCain campaign not only pulled out of Michigan entirely, but they publicly announced that tactic, like rank amateurs.  Each state has its own rules and mechanisms and the operation of those mechanisms is typically local.  The execution of that is left up to the municipalities.  That’s why on Election Night you cannot fully trust the results until enough of the larger precincts in an area have reported their respective results.

There are a few reasons why allegations of voter fraud are nearing mythic rantings from various corners these days, but the largest of which is that the Republican nominee has declared that if he loses the Presidential race it can only be because of voter fraud.  He refuses to admit publicly that the Trump brand is not very popular among voters. As Donald Trump now drives the narrative, Ronna Romney McDaniel, the state chair of Michigan GOP, parrots his ways:

Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel said in a recent fundraising letter that she has instructed party attorneys “to prepare a massive statewide anti-voter fraud effort to go along with our last-minute get-out-the-vote (GOTV) efforts.”

“I won’t let Hillary Clinton steal this election from Donald Trump,” McDaniel wrote in the Oct. 10 fundraising plea.

McDaniel said she was trying to raise $48,000 to pay for canvassing, phone calls to voters and “placing over 100 Michigan Republican Party attorneys in the field to catch and discourage instances of voter fraud.”

Steven Ostrow, executive director of the state Republican Party, said lawyers are stationed in polling precincts for each election to be on hand in case there are challenges over a voter’s identity.

“That’s nothing new,” Ostrow said Wednesday. “That’s what we do every year.”

Leaving aside that Ostrow has admitted that the state party lacks the money to do something that is done “every year” we should note that what is ostensibly done every year now has extra urgency. The extra urgency regarding an ostensible crime occurring at the local level is driven by a national voice that would have no knowledge of municipal goings on.

So we’ve established that the suspicion of election-rigging stems from a national candidate’s top-down assertion that the system itself is rigged.  A candidate is suggesting a nationwide conspiracy.  Even if we have not established that someone floated that ludicrous suspicion I’ll operate on the premise that elections are organized at the state level and are operated on a municipal level.

Next time I’ll go into why the paranoia is especially silly.