Americans are “entitled to know the winner” on election day, said Donald Trump on Tuesday, during a visit to a Republican Party campaign headquarters in the suburbs of Washington.
“We are entitled to know the winner on November 3,” insisted the Republican president, speaking in Arlington, Virginia. The increased use of American voters to vote by mail could delay the counting of the ballots, thus the announcement of the results.
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The US Minister of Homeland Security has in fact called on voters to wait patiently for the results of the elections, faced with a count that could be longer than usual and speculation on an announcement of early victory by Donald Trump.
“Voters will need to be patient while awaiting election results this year,” Chad Wolf said at a press conference. “It is important to recognize that this process may take time.”
A count longer than expected?
Donald Trump on Tuesday appeared to want to temper concerns that he could claim victory before the official results are announced in the states.
Asked by Fox News on when he would declare himself a winner, he replied, “Only when we have a victory. There is no reason to shoot high ”.
Several US states have already indicated that tabulating the massive volume of correspondence bulletins received this year could take one or more days longer than normal.
Americans have had increased recourse to mail or advance voting this year in order to avoid the risks associated with the Covid-19 pandemic. More than 100 million of them had voted before Tuesday, election day, according to a count from the University of Florida.
Fear of computer attacks
Mr. Wolf also assured that the American electoral system was “resistant” despite attempted cyberattacks carried out by several countries such as Iran and Russia.
“We have no indication that a foreign actor has succeeded in compromising or affecting the votes in this ballot,” he said. “But we remain on the alert”.
For his part, the head of cybersecurity of the elections, Chris Krebs, assured that the results of the poll, which will not begin to be known until Tuesday evening, will be reliable.
But he warned that some could still try to disrupt the conduct of the ballot or carry out computer attacks against the electronic machines used to vote, the databases or the systems of transmission of the results.
“There could be other events, other activities or other efforts to interfere in the elections and undermine confidence in the elections,” Krebs said. “So I call on all Americans to be patient and to take all sensational and unconfirmed claims with skepticism.”
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