FILE PHOTO: A “Voters Decide” sign is pictured as people demonstrate outside of the Philadelphia Convention Center, where votes are still being counted two days after the 2020 U.S. presidential election, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. November 5, 2020. REUTERS/Mark Makela/File Photo

THE NEUTRAL ZONE

With the help of members of President Donald Trump’s own cabinet, top election officials called this election “the most secure in American history.” Thursday’s statement repudiates Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud, including his tweet Thursday that an election technology firm deleted millions of votes for him. 

A group of local, state and federal election officials made the statement distributed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, an arm of the Department of Homeland Security responsible for helping states secure the voting process. The group stated there was “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes or was in any way compromised.” The group also called for turning to election officials as “trusted voices.”

“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,” the statement read, “and you should too.”

President-elect Joe Biden’s lead grew to 290 Electoral College votes to Trump’s 217 as other networks called Arizona in his favor, but Trump has yet to concede the election. Trump’s cabinet said they feared retribution for contradicting Trump’s claims of fraud, along with Christopher Krebs, the head of the cybersecurity and infrastructure agency, who said he expects to be fired.

Media Perspectives

DHS is swatting down voter fraud claims Trump’s team is pushing – Politico – 11/13/2020
Since Election Day, President Donald Trump and his allies have pushed numerous merit-free allegations of voting irregularities. The Department of Homeland Security’s top cyber official is swatting them down in near real-time — contradicting the president in a way that often ends in a pink slip.

AP FACT CHECK: Trump tweets a tall tale of ‘deleted’ votes – Associated Press – 11/12/2020
President Donald Trump falsely claimed on Twitter that an election technology firm “deleted” large numbers of his votes or “switched” them to count for Joe Biden — the latest in a series of baseless theories suggesting vote counting problems that the president has been promoting.

A Coup Is a Coup – The New Republic – 11/12/2020
It began with Attorney General Bill Barr stopping by Capitol Hill to chat with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. Shortly afterward, McConnell announced that he didn’t consider Joe Biden the president-elect and urged Donald Trump to continue his legal challenges to the ongoing counting of the presidential election vote. 

Trump Tweets Conspiracy Theory About Deleted Votes – FactCheck.org – FactCheck – 11/13/2020
In a tweet, President Donald Trump on Nov. 12 pushed the baseless theory that voting systems deleted millions of votes for him and switched thousands of votes cast for him to his Democratic rival, President-elect Joe Biden. No evidence has been produced to support that assertion.

REPORT: Top Election Cybersecurity Official Christopher Krebs Expects To Be Fired By White House After Debunking Election Conspiracy Theories – Daily Caller – 11/13/2020
Christopher Krebs, the head of the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, was commended by both Democrats and Republicans for his handling of the election. 

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