President Trump and his allies continue to insist that there was widespread fraud during the Nov. 3 presidential election but have offered little to no proof of their claims.
On Nov. 12, the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency issued a statement repudiating Trump’s claims of widespread election fraud, saying the recent election was “the most secure in American history.”
The CISA statement continued: “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. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”
Trump fired CISA Director Christopher Krebs in a short tweet thread on Nov. 17.
“The recent statement by Chris Krebs on the security of the 2020 Election was highly inaccurate, in that there were massive improprieties and fraud — including dead people voting, Poll Watchers not allowed into polling locations, ‘glitches’ in the voting machines which changed votes from Trump to Biden, late voting, and many more. Therefore, effective immediately, Chris Krebs has been terminated as Director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.”
Some cybersecurity professionals denounced the dismissal. Trump’s firing of Krebs was “political, surreal, and disheartening,” said Chloe Messdaghi, vice president of strategy for Point3 Security.
“We in the cybersecurity community are deeply committed to identifying and preventing or blocking all threats to the best of our ability, including misinformation and disinformation,” she said. “Chris Krebs and the CISA team have done a singularly brilliant job, and done it transparently, under what has been one of the most divisive and fraught election cycles in our country’s history.”
Trump’s claims of election fraud were disputed not only by CISA but also by other cybersecurity experts. The election was secure, said Bryson Bort, founder and CEO of cybersecurity firm SCYTHE.
“Historically, voter fraud has been infinitesimal, and this election, with all of the additional attention and process, appears to be no different,” he told the Washington Examiner. “And the bipartisan oversight throughout the process has repeatedly backed this up as well. It shouldn’t be lost in the noise that several of the secretaries of state overseeing the process are Republican and are doing the right thing, upholding the responsibilities of their office.”
Point3’s Messdaghi noted that members of the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee, made up of state and federal election officials, and the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council, including election technology vendors, signed on to the Nov. 12 CISA statement.
When members of both groups vouch for the security of the election, that “says it’s been a fair election,” she told the Washington Examiner. “These parties have no personal preferences or ax to grind; they’re doing their job, and they take it as a solemn responsibility.”
Voting machine maker Dominion Voting denied allegations that its machines changed votes from Trump to Biden.
“An unsubstantiated claim about the deletion of 2.7 million pro-Trump votes that was posted on the internet and spread on social media has been taken down and debunked by independent fact-checkers,” the company said in a statement.
One claim that Dominion voting machines deleted 941,000 votes for Trump in Pennsylvania is “impossible” because it serves only 14 counties in the state, generating a total of 1.3 million votes. Trump received 676,000 votes in those counties, Dominion said.
Lawyers working for Trump have filed a series of lawsuits in states where the margin of votes between President-elect Joe Biden and Trump is reasonably small. As of Nov. 18, more than two dozen of these lawsuits had either been thrown out by judges or withdrawn by lawyers representing the president.
It’s nearly impossible for Trump to overturn the election at this point, election experts say. Trump, currently losing in the Electoral College 306 to 232, would have to reverse the preliminary vote counts in at least three states.
In all states where Trump is challenging the results, Biden leads by at least 11,000 votes, and recounts typically shift state vote margins by a few hundred votes. There have been just two statewide recounts in presidential elections in the last 20 years. The widely watched Florida recount in 2000 shifted the margin by 1,247 votes, and a Wisconsin recount in 2016 moved the margin by 571 votes, according to FairVote, a voting reform advocacy group.
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