An official of the Federal Electoral Commission (FEC) said Saturday morning that there was “no evidence” of election fraud and instead praised state and local officials and election workers for holding an election during the coronavirus pandemic.
“State and local officials and election workers across the country have really stepped up their efforts. And there were very few complaints about how this election was conducted,” said Ellen Weintraub, a Democratic and FEC commissioner. “Very few substantiated complaints, let me put it this way. There is no evidence of any kind of election fraud. There is no evidence of illegal voting”.
Weintraub commented on this when he appeared on CNN on Saturday morning to talk about the 2020 elections, which entered their fifth day of counting before the Associated Press and other media networks declared the Democratic candidate, Joe Biden, the winner.
The AP proclaimed Pennsylvania ET for Biden just before noon, pushing him through the 270 votes needed to secure the White House. By comparison, President Donald Trump has 214 votes.
Trump and his campaign have repeatedly made unsubstantiated allegations of electoral fraud in several of the states he has lost or appears to be losing. The Republican National Committee announced on Friday that it had deployed “Legal Challenge Teams” in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and Pennsylvania, the New York Times reported.
The Trump campaign, along with the Republican Party, has filed about a dozen lawsuits to try to stop the counting of ballots, the New York Times reported. However, they do not appear to be gaining ground in the courts, mainly because the lawsuits appear to be brought without any real evidence of wrongdoing.
Referring to this Saturday morning, Weintraub argued that “people across the country, impartial election experts,” had welcomed the election and its progress. In Pennsylvania, for example, members of the Republican Party have contradicted the President’s claims.
Trump Campaign General Counsel Matt Morgan claimed in a statement Friday morning that there were “many irregularities” in the state, including “that election officials prevented our volunteer legal observers from gaining meaningful access to the places where votes were counted.
But Jake Corman, the Republican head of the Pennsylvania State Senate, told Fox News on Friday that he had no evidence of wrongdoing. Pat Toomey, a Republican senator from Pennsylvania, said the same day that Trump’s allegations of widespread electoral fraud in both his state and the rest of the U.S. “are simply not supported,” The Hill reported.
“I am not aware of any significant wrongdoing here,” Toomey said. “You see, there are irregularities in every election. They are usually very small and affect only a handful of ballots.”
Both Corman and Toomey asked questions about the transparency of the vote count, arguing that election officials in Pennsylvania did not allow election observers to get close enough to see what was going on during the vote count.
“As you may know, the Election Commission decided to keep the election observers too far away from the count to actually observe the count,” Toomey said. “And I understand that they insisted on this unreasonable policy, even after a court order requiring that they allow the observers to approach the count.
Weintraub mentioned the comments of Corman and Toomey and told the viewers that “they know” what is happening because “they are on the spot. Instead, the FEC official said the Americans should be “very proud of us” because they saw a record turnout in the midst of the pandemic.
Weintraub and others were concerned about how they would conduct an election during a pandemic, she said, but they paid tribute to the election workers and state and local officials for “stepping up” to ensure that everything went as smoothly as possible.