Top Federal, State Officials Say Nov. 3 Election Most Secure in US History

In the most direct repudiation yet of President Donald Trump’s efforts to undermine the integrity of the Nov. 3 vote, a coalition of federal and state officials say they have no evidence that votes were compromised or altered in last week’s presidential election, rejecting unsubstantiated claims of fraud advanced by Trump and many of his supporters.

The definitive statement from cybersecurity experts, which trumpets the Nov. 3 election as the most secure in American history, also echoes repeated assertions by election experts and state officials that the election unfolded smoothly, Eric Tucker and Frank Bajak report.

“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 said. “When you have questions, turn to election officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

Trump’s Withdrawal: The president has publicly disengaged from the battle against the coronavirus at a time when the disease is tearing across America at an alarming pace. Stewing after his re-election loss to President-elect Joe Biden, Trump remains angry that an announcement about progress on developing a virus vaccine came after Election Day.

And aides say the president has shown little interest even as new cases are skyrocketing and hospitals in parts of the country say intensive care units are nearing capacity. Public health experts worry that Trump’s refusal to take aggressive action will only worsen the effects of the pandemic, Aamer Madhani and Zeke Miller report.
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