The National Association of State Election Directors (NASED) released a joint statement with state and federal election officials Thursday, refuting US President Donald Trump’s claims of election fraud. NASED called the November 3 election “the most secure in American history.”
Trump has been pushing unfounded claims of election fraud, tweeting about 2.7 million “deleted” votes and deriding Fox News after they projected Joe Biden as the winner of Arizona, and subsequently the election.
NASED responded to Trump’s claim of “deleted” votes and reassured citizens of the integrity of the electoral system. They said, “there is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” NASED continued, “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.”
Further assuring the security of the 2020 general election, NASED reminded the public of safeguards used in the 2020 election. Not only are there paper records of each vote, but also “pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment.”
Despite an electoral college victory for Biden, many Republican legislators have yet to recognize him as President-elect. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer pushed back against Congressional Republicans failing to recognize the legitimacy of the election. “Congressional Republicans are deliberately casting doubt on our elections for no other reason but fear of Donald Trump. These Republicans are all auditioning for profiles in cowardice.”
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