Worldwide election consultants invited by the Trump administration to watch the U.S. election final week issued a preliminary report that discovered no proof of the widespread fraud alleged by President Trump.
The State Division invited a 28-member delegation from the Group of American States, which has reported on elections around the globe, to watch the voting within the U.S. on Nov. 3.
Members of the OAS workforce had been despatched to battleground states comparable to Michigan and Georgia, the place the Trump marketing campaign has filed lawsuits alleging voter fraud, and famous within the report that it had “circuitously noticed any critical irregularities that decision into query the outcomes to date.”
“On Election Day, the members of the Mission had been current at polling locations in Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and the District of Columbia, and noticed the method from the opening of the polling facilities by way of to the shut of polls and the deposit of voting supplies with the suitable native authorities,” the report states. “Members of the Mission additionally visited tabulations facilities to watch the tallying of consequence. Within the jurisdictions that it noticed, the Mission discovered that the day progressed in a peaceable method.”
The report did discover “clear examples of intimidation of electoral officers” — by Trump supporters in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Arizona who unsuccessfully sought to halt the counting of votes.
The report additionally took purpose at Trump himself for statements questioning the legitimacy of the vote, claiming that Democrats had been making an attempt to “steal” the election.
“In his assertion the Republican candidate solid additional aspersions on the US electoral course of, stating that ‘It is a case the place they’re making an attempt to steal an election. They’re making an attempt to rig an election and we are able to’t let that occur.’ The OAS observers deployed within the battleground states of Michigan and Georgia didn’t witness any of the aforementioned irregularities,” the report states.
Whereas the report notes that it supported the precise for Trump to “search redress” within the courts for questionable election practices, it warns in opposition to selling “unsubstantiated or dangerous hypothesis.”
“Whereas the OAS Mission has circuitously noticed any critical irregularities that decision into query the outcomes to date, it helps the precise of all contesting events in an election, to hunt redress earlier than the competent authorized authorities once they imagine they’ve been wronged,” the report states. “It’s vital, nevertheless, that candidates act responsibly by presenting and arguing official claims earlier than the courts, not unsubstantiated or dangerous hypothesis within the public media.”
On Oct. 21, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo lavished reward on the OAS, which was marking its fiftieth anniversary overseeing democratic elections.
“Final January, I praised the OAS for example of a multilateral group that really works,” Pompeo mentioned. “It really works as a result of we share democratic values, and beneath your management, the OAS isn’t afraid to face up for these values.”
On Tuesday, Pompeo was requested whether or not the State Division was continuing with the transition to the Biden administration following Trump’s loss within the election.
“There can be a easy transition to a second Trump administration,” Pompeo responded. “We’re prepared. The world is watching what’s happening. We’re going to rely all of the votes. When the method is full there can be electors chosen. There’s a course of in place; the Structure lays it out fairly clearly.”
Pompeo didn’t point out the preliminary report issued by the OAS.