Election security leaders including Bob Kolasky, Director of the National Risk Management Center at the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), late Thursday pronounced the November 3 election as “the most secure in American history,” and said they found no evidence of voting system compromises, or changed votes.

The statement was issued by the members of the Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council Executive Committee, and members of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council. The first group includes CISA’s Kolasky, U.S Election Assistance Commission Chair Benjamin Hovland, National Association of Secretaries of State President Maggie Toulouse Oliver, and National Association of State Election Directors President Lori Augino.

Members of both groups noted that election officials across the country “are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.”

“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots,” they said. “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. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors.”

And they emphasized, “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 two groups said, adding, “when you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

The members of the Election Infrastructure Sector Coordinating Council endorsing the statement include its chair, Brian Hancock of Unisyn Voting Solutions, Vice Chair Sam Derheimer of Hart InterCivic, Chris Wlaschin of Election Systems & Software, Erika Haas of Electronic Registration Information Center, and Maria Bianchi of Democracy Works.

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