Chris Christie Wonders Whether Hillary Clinton Wants To 'Increase The Opportunities' For Voter Fraud

06/07/2015 12:02 pm ET | Updated Jun 08, 2015

WASHINGTON -- New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) hit back against Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton Sunday, saying her call to expand voting rights may just be an attempt to increase voter fraud.

Last week, Clinton gave a speech at Texas Southern University and accused Republicans of "deliberately trying to stop" young people and minorities -- who traditionally vote Democratic -- from gaining access to the ballot box.

"What is happening is a sweeping effort to disempower and disenfranchise people of color, poor people and young people from one end of our country to the other," she said.

The former secretary of state also called for universal, automatic voter registration, saying every citizen in the country should be automatically registered to vote when they turn 18, unless they opt out.

Christie took issue with Clinton's accusations against the GOP during a Sunday interview on CBS's "Face the Nation."

"She doesn't know what she's talking about," said Christie, who is still deciding whether to join the GOP field for president in 2016. "You know, in New Jersey, we have early voting that [is] available to people. I don't want to expand it and increase the opportunities for fraud. Maybe that's what Mrs. Clinton wants to do. I don't know."

Christie made similar comments to reporters Friday, saying, "Secretary Clinton doesn’t know the first thing about voting rights in New Jersey or in the other states that she attacked. My sense is that she just wants an opportunity to commit greater acts of voter fraud around the country.”

Voter fraud is extremely rare, as study after study has shown. In 2007, former President George W. Bush's administration -- which had cracked down on voter fraud -- even released a study concluding that there was no organized effort to sway federal elections through illegal means.

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