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Trump launches web page to recruit 'election observers'

Technically Incorrect: What do you do when you think the election will be rigged? You recruit upstanding citizens on the web.

Technically Incorrect offers a slightly twisted take on the tech that's taken over our lives.

In the interests of justice?

screenshot by Chris Matyszczyk/CNET

I don't know whether you've heard, but there's no need to vote.

The election is apparently going to rigged.

At least that's what Republican candidate Donald Trump intimated on the campaign trail this week.

It's unclear what evidence Trump has for this worrying assertion. What is clearer is that he's doing something about it.

He's using the open and connected power of the web to hire so-called election observers. Well, when I say "hire," I of course mean "recruit as volunteers." It's not as if the property mogul became rich by just giving money away.

A new web page on his site therefore pleads: "Volunteer to be a Trump Election Observer."

Accompanied by a fetching picture of Trump looking to the right, while his veep candidate Mike Pence looks the other way, the page begins: "Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!"

I haven't yet found actual evidence that any such thing is happening or going to happen.

Neither the Trump campaign nor the Clinton campaign immediately responded to a request for enlightenment.

Perhaps, though, in this election, ancient concepts such as facts and evidence have taken on something of a secondary role.

Trump's website isn't effusive about what the election observers will be empowered to do. Many states have actual laws that prevent voter intimidation, which includes campaigning near polling places.

It might, therefore, be difficult for these observers to do much observing.

A better avenue might have been asking the United Nations to step in. After all, the UN says that since 1991 more than 100 countries have asked it to assist in observing the fairness of elections.

But could Trump trust the UN? After all, he very much believes in the concept of America First.

The Republican candidate did, though, offer an inkling of how strongly he feels about all this. On Friday, he declared that only cheating can prevent him from winning Pennsylvania.

"We have to call up law enforcement and we have to have the sheriffs and the police chiefs and everybody watching," the Hill reported him as saying.

Will we all now have to be voters and observers? This election thing is getting exhausting.