US officials: No evidence of changed, compromised votes in 2020 presidential election

"There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised," officials said, stressing the remarks.


Key U.S. election officials are emphasizing the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election, saying there's no evidence it was compromised in any way.

"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history," a statement said. "Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result."

U.S. cybersecurity and elections representatives issued the statement Thursday.

President Donald Trump has refused to acknowledge Joe Biden’s victory and has argued without proof that there was widespread voter fraud that has benefited Biden. Trump has also vowed to fight the results in court.

"When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary," the statement said. "This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised."

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The statement comes from members of the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council executive committee, which includes Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) Assistant Director Bob Kolasky, U.S. Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, National Association of State Election Directors President Lori Augino, Escambia County (Florida) Supervisor of Elections David Stafford and others.

"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," the statement also said. "When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections."

The Associated Press contributed to this report.