A senior election official has dismissed US President Donald Trump’s new allegations of election fraud as rival Joe Biden gets closer to victory.
Mr Trump posted a number of unsubstantiated claims on Twitter Saturday morning claiming that “bad things” happened and that votes were “illegally obtained”.
However, the commissioner of the Bundestag Election Commission, Ellen Weintraub, said there was no evidence of election fraud.
Speaking on CNN after Trump’s tweets flagged by Twitter as information about the elections that may be “misleading”, Ms. Weintraub said, “State and local officials and election workers across the country have really grown.
“And there have been very few complaints about how this election went.
“Very few well-founded complaints, let me put it this way. There is no evidence of electoral fraud. “
“There is no evidence that illegal votes were cast.
“Indeed, and you don’t have to take my word for it, because people all over the country, impartial pollers came out and welcomed this election and its implementation.
“If you want to take a look at the state of Pennsylvania, which the president seems to be focusing on, Senator (Pat) Toomey came out and said he saw no evidence of fraud there.
“The Republican Senate leader there also said he saw no evidence of fraud.”
She added, “There was really no evidence of fraud. None of the complaints included evidence of fraud.
“Really, we should be very proud of ourselves.”
Their comments came after Mr. Trump posted on Twitter that tens of thousands of votes were “illegally received” after 8:00 am Tuesday, “to completely and easily change the results in Pennsylvania and certain other paper-thin states.”
He said hundreds of thousands of votes should “illegally not be WATCHED,” adding, “It would ALSO change the election results in numerous states, including Pennsylvania, which everyone believed was easy to win on election night, just for a massive one To see the lead. ” disappear without anyone being allowed to WATCH what happened for long periods of time …
“… Bad things happened in those hours when LEGAL TRANSPARENCY was malicious and grossly prohibited. Tractors blocked doors and windows were covered with thick cardboard so that observers could not see into the counting rooms. BAD THINGS HAPPENED INSIDE. BIG CHANGES HAPPENED! “
Mr Trump said there would be a “major press conference” in Philadelphia on Saturday afternoon in the UK.
In the meantime, Mr Biden has stopped officially declaring victory but is confident that he will ultimately win the White House race.
The Democratic candidate took the lead in key battlefield states of Pennsylvania and Georgia on Friday. Forecasters only gave him one state of victory as officials continue to count votes.
In Wilmington, Delaware, just before 11 p.m. Friday local time, the former vice president said, although he had no definitive explanation, “the numbers tell us a clear and compelling story.”
Mr Biden said, “We’re going to win this race, just look at what’s happened since yesterday.”
He added, “We received over 74 million votes, more than any presidential ticket in the history of the United States.
“And our number of votes is still growing. We beat Donald Trump by more than four million votes and that is a margin that is also growing. “
Mr Biden ended his speech with a call for calm and a veiled response to Mr Trump’s legal challenges that the president has put in place to improve his chances of re-election amid unfounded allegations of fraud.
The winner must collect 270 electoral college votes from the winning states.
A victory in Pennsylvania would hand the presidency to Mr Biden by 20 votes, but Georgia, with 16 votes, is a more complicated scenario.
Not everyone agrees that Mr Biden most likely won in Arizona, and without Georgia letting him have one vote ahead of the overall victory.
He has won victories in the battlefield states of Wisconsin and Michigan, but Nevada and North Carolina also stay too close after Tuesday’s elections.
The Trump campaign called for a recount in Wisconsin and filed lawsuits in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Georgia.
However, judges in Michigan and Georgia rejected the action initiated by the Trump campaign.
Further legal action was also expected in Nevada, the campaign said.
The Associated Press news agency, which PA relies on to phone states, has forecast Mr. Biden as the Arizona winner and 11 votes for the electoral college.
That seems likely since he has a big lead with more than 90% of the vote – but Mr Trump’s campaign disagrees and other news outlets aren’t so sure.
The appearance of Mr. Biden, who comes back from behind, is artificial.
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