2020 Election 'Most Secure' in US History, Security Officials Say
A broad coalition of federal and state officials working with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) agency said this year's election was the most secure in American history.
In a joint statement released by the DHS' Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) and the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council on Thursday, officials said the Nov. 3 voting and the following vote count that came next was done smoothly with the usual minor slips.
"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised," the officials said, as reported by the Associated Press.
The officials seemed to be rejecting President Donald Trump's persistent claims of widespread fraud that undermines the election's integrity.
However, the president begged to differ. On Friday, Trump tweeted that Democrats have complained for years about unsafe elections.
But now, Trump said "they are saying what a wonderful job the Trump Administration did in making 2020 the most secure election ever." He noted that this was true except for what the Democrats did, adding that the election was rigged.
Trump and his supporters have filed several lawsuits contesting the election results. They claimed that their poll watchers were not able to closely watch the voting and counting.
The team also complained about problems that normally happened in most elections, such as late votes, signatures, and postmarks on mail-in ballots. Many of these legal charges were already dismissed by judges, though they are still some pending.
Currently, election officials across the country are reviewing and double-checking the entire poll process before finalizing the result.
Republican officials are still backing Trump's efforts to contest the results of the election. However, some started to wane, according to an AP report.
Some GOP leaders were already saying it was time for the White House to start briefing Democratic presidential bet Joe Biden on the latest intelligence reports. By doing so, he would be prepared when he takes over on Jan. 20.
Some Republican members also claimed that it is time to treat Biden like "the president-elect he is."
New Hampshire Governor Chris Sununu noted that Biden's lead was getting bigger and bigger by the day, adding that Trump's legal options were slowly disappearing.
"Joe Biden is the president-elect, and I think like most Americans, we suspect he'll be taking the oath of office in January," Sununu said in a report.
In Arizona, Trump's campaign has already dropped a legal complaint, questioning a number of ballots in Maricopa County. The campaign team noted that Biden's lead in the state is too large for the disputed ballots to make a difference.
A request from Trump supporters to block the certification of voting results in Detroit was rejected by a judge in Michigan, according to a CNBC report. Biden is leading against Trump by over 145,000 votes in Michigan.
Last Friday, a Montgomery County judge in Philadelphia rejected the request of Trump's campaign to stop the counting of over 600 ballots there. The Trump campaign claimed that those ballots were missing their addresses under a signature on the outer envelope.
Meanwhile, Trump campaign spokesperson Tim Murtaugh said they will continue to explore Trump's options in Arizona. Murtaugh noted that all parties acknowledge that in-person voters were likely predominately Trump voters.
He added that these voters were disenfranchised by having their votes kicked out by the machines in Maricopa County, saying that for Democrats to celebrate that fact is shameful.
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