Obama Says Reports of Vote Fraud are 'Fake News'

Posted at 4:25 PM, Jan 18, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-18 11:54:06-05

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama says that claims of voter fraud in the U.S. elections are "fake news," and that the U.S. is the only democracy that makes it harder for its citizens to vote.

Obama referred in his final presidential news conference to election fraud claims repeatedly raised by Donald Trump during his campaign. He didn't use is successor's name, but said claims of voter fraud have been "disproved."

Obama says there is an "ugly history" behind restrictive voting that traces back to the era of slavery.

Obama also warned that many Trump voters also feel disenfranchised. He says those people feel forgotten, looked down upon or fear that their children don't have the same opportunities as other Americans.