The head of the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) declared there is no evidence of compromised U.S. voting systems. Of course, Director Jen Easterly saying there is no evidence is not saying there was no compromise; they may have detected compromised elections but lack evidence.
CISA is a Department of Homeland Security agency tasked with defending against infrastructure threats, which includes election infrastructure. Former President Trump fired then-CISA Director Chris Krebs in a November 2020 tweet for declaring the general election the most secure.
Trump is raising concerns with this year’s election in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona, so he probably disagrees with Easterly.
The Epoch Times further reported:
“We have seen no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was any way compromised in any race in the country,” Easterly said in a statement on Wednesday.
She also said that election officials in the days after the election are carrying out a “rigorous” process to finalize and certify the results, which include actions such as tabulating votes, reviewing procedures, and testing and auditing equipment.
“It’s important to remember that this thorough and deliberative process can take days or weeks, depending on state laws; these rigorous procedures are why the American people can have confidence in the security and integrity of the election,” she said.
“We urge everyone to look towards your state and local election officials for the most accurate and up-to-date information about vote counts and to remain patient as election officials continue to do their jobs and carry out the certification process.”
Former President Donald Trump, who has expressed continued skepticism toward the accuracy of the vote count in the 2020 election and alleged there was widespread voter fraud, on Wednesday questioned whether there was voter fraud in the midterms. Trump in 2020 lost the presidential race to now-President Joe Biden.
“Same thing is happening with Voter Fraud as happened in 2020???,” the former president asked on Truth Social on Tuesday, while voting was still underway and polls had yet to close.
In another post, he wrote: “Maricopa County in Arizona looks like a complete Voter Integrity DISASTER. Likewise Detroit (of course!), Pennsylvania, and other places. Not being covered by the Fake News Media!”
Trump also asked people in Arizona to make sure they cast their vote. “People of Arizona: Don’t get out of line until you cast your vote. They are trying to steal the election with bad Machines and DELAY. Don’t let it happen!”
Maricopa County officials earlier in the day said that tabulators in about 20 percent of polling sites in the county were malfunctioning, but that voters were still able to vote, although the ballots would be placed in a secured box. Officials on Twitter later said that voters could vote at other locations if the tabulator was not working at their site.
Trump said of Detroit: “The Absentee Ballot situation in Detroit is REALLY BAD. People are showing up to Vote only to be told, ‘Sorry, you have already voted.’ This is happening in large numbers, elsewhere as well. Protest, Protest, Protest!”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson denied the claim and accused Trump of having “spread lies to foment or encourage political violence” in Michigan.
In a lengthier statement late Tuesday, Benson’s office said that according to the Detroit City Clerk’s office, “in a few instances,” voters were informed that “some e-pollbooks displayed an error message stating that the number on the ballot they were about to provide to the voter in the precinct was identical to a number on an absentee ballot that had already been issued.” When this occurred, the poll worker “added an additional letter to the precinct ballot to distinguish them from the absentee ballots,” and then gave the voter the precinct ballot to vote with.
“In all circumstances, eligible voters were able to vote,” Benson’s office said. It is unclear whether anyone ineligible also voted, however.
Trump said on TruthSocial that in Pennsylvania, officials “announced that it could take days to determine the winner,” calling the situation “outrageous.”
According to a report by The New York Times, the delay is, in part, caused by a lawsuit in Philadelphia that accused the city of being vulnerable to duplicate ballots, and requested that Philadelphia election officials to bring back a process called “poll book reconciliation,” which is designed to weed out duplicate ballots due to in-person votes that had already had mail-in or absentee ballots under the same name.
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