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'No evidence' of lost or changed votes: US election officials

Claims of electoral fraud have been dismissed by state and federal officials [Getty]

Date of publication: 13 November, 2020

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State and federal election officials have challenged the Trump administration's claims about electoral fraud.

Senior US federal and state election officials said on Thursday that there was "no evidence" that votes were lost or changed, or voting systems corrupted, in the presidential election.

US President Donald Trump and leading Republicans have disputed the results of the election, which has set Democrat Joe Biden on a firm course for the presidency.

"The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history," national and local officials responsible for securing the election said in a statement, contradicting Republican and White House claims.

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

Since Election Day, President Trump has made few public appearances and seems to have all but shelved normal presidential duties.

His only known activities outside the White House have been to play golf twice over the weekend, after the results came in.

Normally routine secret presidential intelligence briefings have been off the daily schedule. He has made no mention of the dramatic rebound in the Covid-19 pandemic across the country.

And his once near daily press conferences, interviews with Fox News or impromptu question-and-answer sessions with White House journalists have dried up.

Trump has not only failed to invite Biden for a chat in the Oval Office, but is also blocking the Democrat from access to facilities, funding and expertise that usually come in a ready made package to help the incoming leader.

Release of this transition aid is controlled by the General Services Administration head Emily Murphy, who was appointed by Trump.

Biden, who won with a record number of votes but acknowledges that nearly half the electorate nevertheless backed Trump, is apparently choosing to ignore the chaos.

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