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2016 Presidential Election Some Officials Worry Voting is 'Flawed Process' Open to Fraud

10/25/2016 1:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1024-donald-trump-hillary-clinton-tmz-getty-01NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN and most blogs are trying to convince you there is virtually NO EVIDENCE of voter fraud, so Trump's fears are bogus ... but we drilled down and some officials who run the voting systems around the country are VERY worried about fraudulent voting.

Fact is ... some states do not require voters to present any ID before casting a ballot. They shockingly rely on the ability of precinct poll workers to match a person's signature with the signature on the voter registration form. So a 70-year-old lady trying to manage a precinct is supposed to do what trained handwriting experts do in court ... ferret out the frauds.

Here are a few examples of what some say are deep concerns about possible voting fraud:

-- Nick LaLota, Suffolk County NY Board of Elections Commissioner, tells TMZ he's expecting 500,000 people to show up at voting booths on Nov. 8th, and he concedes signature verification compromises the integrity of the voting process. He says it will be hard to know who votes when they shouldn't.

-- Marcy Crawford, Deputy Commissioner of the Board of Elections for Allegany County, tells us voter fraud in her county is a real concern. She says everyone's talking about it in her office.

-- John Arntz, Director of Elections in San Francisco, says the way their system works ... voters show up at the polling place, announce their name to the polling place worker, who then checks the voting rolls and reads a corresponding address. If the voter says, "That's my address," he or she gets a ballot. Arntz concedes that it leaves the system open to fraud.

Counties and states are increasingly using signature verification in place of IDs.

Short story ... voter fraud is a real concern.

Newt Gingrich Hillary Shouldn't Spike the Football ... Just Ask Wisconsin!

10/24/2016 1:36 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

And now time for some DEEP COLLEGE FOOTBALL KNOWLEDGE ... with Newt Gingrich

Here's the deal ... with Trump reportedly down in the polls, our photog asked Newt if it's too early for Team Hillary to be "spiking the football" ... aka going into victory mode too early.

That's when Newt hit us with the deep NCAA response -- "The University of Wisconsin tried that once and lost in overtime."

Okay, fact is ... we were a little perplexed at first -- but after some inner-office detective work, we THINK he's talking about a 2013 game between UW and ASU. 

Remember, the UW quarterback THOUGHT he spiked the ball with time running out to set up an easy game-winning field goal.

But the QB, Joel Stave, botched the play ... and ASU won (Go Devils!).

Look, Newt's trying to say it ain't over 'til it's over -- but this was way more fun.

Sorry for the reminder, Stave.

Donald Trump My Porn Star Accuser? 'Sure She's Never Been Grabbed'

10/24/2016 1:07 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Donald Trump says his latest accuser is no saint ... and he sounds certain she's been grabbed plenty of times in her line of work. 

The Donald went on WGIR radio's "New Hampshire Today" and sarcastically said he was sure porn star Jessica Drake has "never been grabbed before." Drake claims Trump grabbed her, kissed her and solicited her for sex in 2006. 

Trump says her claims and the allegations of the other accusers are BS.

Drake launched an online sex shop just before going public with her allegations -- but her lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the timing was a coincidence.

Donald Trump Accuser Launched Sex Shop 24 Hours Before Alleging Sexual Assault

10/24/2016 6:33 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF


7:51 AM PT -- Gloria Allred, who's repping Jessica Drake, tells TMZ the timing of Drake's sex shop launch was just a matter of conflicting schedules and was in the works far before her press conference. She also says Drake plans to have it taken down by Tuesday. Her full response can be seen here.update_grey_gray_bar The adult film star who claimed Donald Trump offered her a chunk of change for some alone time might've pulled off the ultimate publicity stunt -- announcing an online sex shop 1 day before accusing The Donald.

Adult film star Jessica Drake wrote a blog touting her new joint the day before going after the Republican presidential nominee at a news conference ... where she was flanked by attorney Gloria Allred. Drake's new site is pimping everything ... from lubricants to her own sex videos.

1024-sub-jessica-drake-site-01You'll recall Drake alleged Donald inappropriately kissed her and offered her $10k for some alone time 10 years ago. She says she refused.

The New York Post, which first reported the story, said Drake's ranking on the popular porn site, PornHub, shot up to No. 89 in views compared to her all-time ranking of No. 634.

Mark Ruffalo, Shailene Woodley We're Here To Fight the Good Fight ... Bear Witness to Our Peaceful Protest!

10/24/2016 7:06 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Mark Ruffalo is 100% behind Shailene Woodley's protest of the Dakota Pipeline, and thinks she needs to get back to the front lines of the battle ... sans another arrested. 

We got Mark at MacArthur Park Sunday where he, Shailene, Susan Sarandon and hundreds of others gathered to protest the oil pipeline. Mark tells our photog Shailene's arrest was BS ... and says it hints at a bigger problem in the country.

Shailene gives her two cents as well, making it clear ... she's in this for the long haul.


Obama Jams Out to 'Hotline Bling' What Happened to Kendrick?!!

10/23/2016 7:34 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Prez Obama SAYS Kendrick Lamar would kick Drake's ass in a rap battle, but our leader showed some serious Canadian love Saturday night at The White House.

Obama co-hosted "Love & Happiness:  A Musical Experience"  with BET.

A paparazzo was in place at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave to record the whole thing ... Usher.

Who knew being President could be so much fun.

Ryan Lochte Rio Judge Rejects Bid to Dismiss Case

10/23/2016 12:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

1020_ryan-lochte-tmzRyan Lochte's lawyers got a double whammy in Brazil -- a judge denied their request to have HIS criminal case dismissed ... then transferred the case to a higher court. 

A rep for the Court of Justice tells TMZ ... a Rio judge kicked Ryan's false police report case up to the public Ministry of Justice, which will now begin figuring out how hefty of a fine to drop on Lochte.

A court rep tells us the Ministry will most likely hand down a fine in excess of the $11k fine Lochte's teammate, Jimmy Feigen, paid to set things right with prosecutors. The decision is expected as early as next week.


Miley Cyrus I'm with Her ... Huge Bodyguards Are with Me

10/22/2016 4:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Miley Cyrus is out campaigning for Hillary Clinton, and she's doing it with insane amounts of protection ... just in case. 

Miley surprised students at George Mason University by hitting up dorms, knocking on doors and encouraging the kids to vote for Hillary. The video is kinda nuts ... and not only because Miles was rocking a ribbon only SHE could pull off. 

But watch her exit from the dorm ... it was some seriously Secret Service-ish.

Donald Trump Porn Star Claims ... He Offered $10k for Alone Time

10/22/2016 4:01 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Adult film star Jessica Drake claims Donald Trump tried to get her to come to his hotel room alone, and when she refused ... offered her $10k and a private jet ride home afterward.

Drake held a news conference on Saturday with Gloria Allred, and said she met Trump at a golf tournament 10 years ago. She alleged some of the same inappropriate behavior other women have described went down with Trump -- like kissing without permission -- before he propositioned her.

Jessica claims this happened in 2006, which would have been after the infamous "Access Hollywood" tape.

Drake is now the 11th woman to come forward with sexual misconduct allegations against Trump. He's vowed to sue all women who have accused him. Throw another log on the fire.


Donald Trump to Accusers Screw You, I'll Sue You!!!

10/22/2016 11:49 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Donald Trump's doubling down on his accusers ... promising to sue them as soon as the votes are counted.

Trump vowed to take action against "all of these liars" while speaking to a crowd of supporters in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ... and called out the media for fueling the fire without facts.

In true Trump fashion, he got a shot in at Hillary Clinton too ... suggesting her campaign might be responsible for the whole scheme.

Ray Lewis I Support Kaepernick 1000% ... But Kneeling Just Isn't Enough

10/22/2016 12:15 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ray Lewis says he's 1000% behind Colin Kaepernick's protest for social justice ... but when it comes to making change it's gonna take more than kneeling to uplift black Americans.

Lewis co-hosted the "TMZ Sports" TV show and got more in-depth then ever on his feelings on Kaep's stand -- and what he thinks needs to be done to make actual change in the black community.

"Kaep, I applaud you, but I am a solutions-based person. If you don't have solutions from a protest then it remains a protest."

So, what's Ray's solution to social injustice? Jobs. He heads up an organization aimed at job creation in inner city areas ... which he says is the key to ending the cycle of disenfranchisement in the hood.

"We have to give these people something to do, so that they don't choose the wrong thing."

Check out the clip ... Ray is as powerful as ever ... and makes his position on Kaep's protest and the issues in black America crystal clear.

Curt Schilling Nazis & Islam 'There's a Long Standing Connection'

10/21/2016 2:32 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
Breaking News

Curt Schilling says he's NOT anti-Muslim -- just anti-extremism -- but insists there's a "long-standing connection between Islam and the Nazi party." 

Yeah, there's a lot to digest here. 

The former MLB superstar just appeared on CNN to talk about his potential Senate run -- when he was asked about a social media post which Jake Tapper said compared Muslims to Nazis. 

0825-curt-schilling-twitter"Nope, nope, nope," Schilling said ... "I compared Muslim extremists to Nazis ... that 'extremist' part, I know that's tricky, but that's the part that gets left out by everybody."

"If you take the word extremist out that's an incredibly racist post."

But just when it seemed he was about to back off, Schilling doubled down hard.  

Bill Murray Crashes White House Briefing ... GO CUBBIES!!!

10/21/2016 12:08 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the President of the Un ... BILL MURRAY

Bill took over the podium in the White House's press briefing room on Friday -- but instead of talking politics, he was all about the NLCS ... and explained why the Dodgers are doomed. 

Oh yeah, he happens to be a HUGE Chicago Cubs fan -- hence the pullover -- and warned Clayton Kershaw that his boys from Chi-Town are just too dominant for him.

It's funny stuff ... Hail to the Ghostbuster.

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