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'No Evidence' Election Was Compromised, Cybersecurity Agency Says

A Clark County election worker scans mail-in ballots on Nov. 7 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.
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A Clark County election worker scans mail-in ballots on Nov. 7 in North Las Vegas, Nevada.

Updated at 8:56 p.m. ET

There is "no evidence" the Nov. 3 election was compromised, committees within the Department of Homeland Security that worked on protecting U.S. voting systems affirmed Thursday. In a statement, they also called the 2020 election the "most secure in American history."

"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," members of committees, which include officials from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said in a joint statement.

"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."

"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 reads.

The statement, which is in line with previous statements from CISA and the committees, comes as President Trump has refused to concede the presidential election to President-elect Joe Biden, baselessly alleging widespread voter fraud, despite presenting no evidence to support such a claim.

The Associated Press and other networks called the race for Biden last week. The Democratic nominee holds a near insurmountable lead in both the popular and electoral vote.

Still, Trump and his Republican allies are waging legal challenges in a handful of states and demanding tedious and costly recounts to contest the election's results.

According to the AP count, Biden has 290 electoral votes to Trump's 217. A total of 270 electoral votes are needed to secure the presidency.

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Alana Wise joined WAMU in September 2018 as the 2018-2020 Audion Reporting Fellow for Guns & America. Selected as one of 10 recipients nationwide of the Audion Reporting Fellowship, Alana works in the WAMU newsroom as part of a national reporting project and is spending two years focusing on the impact of guns in the Washington region.
Alana Wise
Alana Wise is a politics reporter on the Washington desk at NPR.
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