US election was ‘the most secure in US history’ voting officials insist

The US election was the “most secure in American history”, according to a group of federal and state voting officials.

A statement from the team of cybersecurity experts said they have no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in last week’s presidential election.

It comes as president Donald Trump continues to try to undermine the integrity of the contest with unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.

“REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.” @ChanelRion@OANN

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 12, 2020

It echoed repeated assertions by election experts and state officials that the election unfolded smoothly without broad irregularities.

The statement said: “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too.

“When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

The statement was distributed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, which spearheaded federal election protection efforts.

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Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge Joe Biden's election victory
Image:Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge Joe Biden’s election victory

The officials who signed the statement said they had no evidence that any voting system had deleted or changed votes, or was in any way compromised.

“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalising the result,” the statement added.

The message is in stark contrast to Mr Trump’s unsupported claims of fraud and widespread problems that he insists could affect vote totals.

He has launched a series of legal challenges, though many of those lawsuits have been turned away by judges.

President-elect Joe Biden points at his crowd of supporters in Wilmington, Delaware
Image:President-elect Joe Biden points at his crowd of supporters in Wilmington, Delaware

The statement’s authors include the presidents of the National Association of State Election Directors and the National Association of Secretaries of State – who run elections at the state level – and the executive committee of the government-industry co-ordinating council that includes all the major voting equipment vendors.

Meanwhile, former president Barack Obama has said he is troubled by the Republican officials who are “going along with” Mr Trump’s baseless accusations.

Speaking to CBS News, he said the false claims about voter fraud are “one more step in delegitimising not just the incoming Biden administration, but democracy generally”.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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