Two executive committees called Thursday’s U.S. election of 2020 “the most secure in American history,” contradicting President Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud and other election irregularities.
Members of the Executive Committee of the Governmental Coordinating Council for Election Infrastructure (GCC) and members of the Sector Coordinating Council for Election Infrastructure (SCC) issued the joint statement as an indirect response to Trump’s allegations. Both committees report to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the Computer and Network Security and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA).
“The November 3 elections were the most secure in American history,” the statement said. “At the moment, the entire election process is being scrutinized and double-checked by election officials nationwide before the results are final.
“There is no evidence that any electoral system has deleted or lost votes, altered votes, or been compromised in any way.
While the statement does not specifically mention Trump, it appears to respond to the numerous allegations made by the president and his staff before, during and after the election. Trump has claimed, without substantive evidence, that the Democratic Party attempted to “steal” the election through widespread voter fraud and other irregularities.
“If you count the legal votes, I win easily,” Trump said on November 5. “This is a case of them trying to steal an election. They are trying to rig an election, and we cannot allow that to happen.”
Trump tweeted in capital letters on Thursday morning: “REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMPF SELECTIONS NATIONAL. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 VOTES FROM PENNSYLVANIA SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINIONAL SELECTION SYSTEMS SWITCH 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMPF TO BIDES,” quotes One America News Network (OAN).
But there is still no evidence of widespread voter fraud caused by dominant voting systems used in 28 U.S. states or any other system.
Washington Newsday contacted the Trump campaign to comment, but did not return in time for publication.
The Associated Press and other national media called Saturday’s election for Trump’s Democratic opponent Joe Biden, who won 290 votes and led the president by more than 5 million votes.
But Trump has not yet yielded, and his re-election campaign has instead filed several lawsuits in Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan and Pennsylvania-all states where the president has lost or appears to be losing.
The Trump-Biden vote spread was extremely narrow in several states, opening the possibility of a recount.
“When the elections in the states are nearing their end, many will recount the ballots,” the GCC/SCC statement said. “All states with close results in the 2020 presidential election campaign have records of every vote on paper so that each ballot can be recounted if necessary.
Georgia is so far the only state to announce such a measure and to check the ballots by hand in all 159 districts. Officials of the Georgian Foreign Minister described the procedure as a technical check rather than a recount, although it would have essentially the same effect, the New York Times reported.
Districts are instructed to check each vote cast and recount by midnight on November 18, just two days before November 20, the state’s deadline for confirming results, the New York Times reported.
Biden was ahead by more than 14,000 votes in Georgia’s first count, and election observers do not expect a recount to change the result, the Times reported.