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US election officials have rejected President Donald Trump’s fraud claims, saying the 2020 White House vote was the “most secure in American history”.

“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” a committee announced.

They spoke out after President Trump claimed without proof that 2.7 million votes for him had been “deleted”.

Donald Trump has yet to concede to the president-elect, Democrat Joe Biden.

The result of the November 3 election was projected by all the major US TV networks last weekend.

Joe Biden is now projected to have won Arizona, extending his lead by 11 electoral college votes to a total of 290, with Donald Trump on 217. It is the first time the state has voted Democrat since 1996.

President Trump has launched a flurry of legal challenges in key states and leveled unsubstantiated allegations of widespread electoral fraud.

Meanwhile, China has finally extended its congratulations to Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris after days of silence.

“We respect the choice of the American people,” a Chinese foreign ministry spokesman said.

Russia has said it wants to wait for an “official result”.

The election committee’s announcement marks the most direct rebuttal from federal and state officials of President Trump’s unsubstantiated claims of election fraud.

The joint statement released on November 12 by Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council which is made up of senior officials from the Department of Homeland Security and the US Election Assistance Commission as well as state-level officials who oversee elections and representatives of the voting machine industry.

The group said: “The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.”

“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,” it added, without naming President Trump directly.

“When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”

The statement was posted to the website of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), which is part of the Department of Homeland Security.

The head of CISA, Christopher Krebs, has reportedly incurred the White House’s displeasure over a CISA website called Rumor Control, which debunks election misinformation.

On November 12, Christopher Krebs shared a post by an election law expert that said: “Please don’t re-tweet wild and baseless claims about voting machines, even if they’re made by the president.”

CISA assistant director Bryan Ware stepped down on the same day. The White House had asked for his resignation earlier this week, Reuters reports. Christopher Krebs expects to be fired, the news agency says.

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Hours before the statement was released, President Trump tweeted that voting software used in 28 states had deleted millions of votes for him, but presented no evidence for the stunning claim, which appeared to originate from the obscure TV network One America News and was flagged by Twitter.

The claim was linked to the miscounting of votes in one Republican-leaning Michigan county. Unofficial results initially favored Joe Biden but were later corrected in President Trump’s favor. State election officials acknowledged what had happened, saying human error was to blame, rather than a software malfunction.

Meanwhile, a small but growing number of Republicans are backing calls for the president-elect to be given daily intelligence briefings.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a key Trump ally, was among those saying Joe Biden should start receiving the secret presidential memo, as is usual with incoming presidents.

Republican Senators Chuck Grassley, John Cornyn and John Thune agreed, although House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Joe Biden was “not president right now” and should wait.

Between 10 and 20 Republicans in Congress have now either congratulated Joe Biden or accepted there must be moves towards a transition. However, most have yet to acknowledge the president-elect’s win.

Joe Biden is 5.3 million votes ahead of Donald Trump – about 3.4%, and is well beyond the hurdle of 270 electoral college votes required to win the presidency.

President Trump has kept a low key public profile since the election. Reports suggest he has told friends he wants to start a digital media company to take on the conservative network Fox News, whose full support he now feels to be lacking.

According to CBS News, Donald Trump is also openly discussing a possible 2024 campaign to retake the presidency.

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Joe Biden is to becoming the next US president after defeating Donald Trump in a cliff-hanger vote count after November 3 election.

According to most recent projections, Joe Biden has won the key battleground of Pennsylvania, propelling him over the 270 electoral college vote threshold required to clinch the White House.

However, the Trump campaign has indicated their candidate does not plan to concede.

The former vice-president said it was now time for America to “unite and heal”.

He said: “With the campaign over, it’s time to put the anger and the harsh rhetoric behind us and come together as a nation.”

Joe Biden said he was “honored and humbled” to be elected and said the record turnout in the face of “unprecedented obstacles” showed that democracy “beats deep in the heart of America”.

The result makes Donald Trump the first one-term president since the 1990s.

Joe Biden’s running mate, Kamala Harris, is set to become the first woman vice-president.

Joe Biden’s victory is based on the unofficial results from states that have already finished counting their votes, and the expected results from states like Wisconsin where the count is continuing.

His projected win in Pennsylvania takes him to 273 electoral college votes.

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The 2020 election has seen the highest turnout since 1900. Joe Biden has won more than 74 million votes so far, the most ever for a US presidential candidate. Donald Trump has drawn more than 70 million, the second-highest tally in history.

DonaldTrump had falsely declared himself the winner of the election when vote counting was unfinished. He has since alleged irregularities in counting, but has not presented any evidence of election fraud.

The Trump campaign has filed a barrage of lawsuits in various states and on November 6, as Joe Biden appeared on the cusp of victory, said: “This election is not over.”

The election was fought as coronavirus cases and deaths continued to rise across the United States, with President Trump arguing a Biden presidency would result in lockdowns and economic gloom. Joe Biden accused Donald Trump of failing to impose sufficient measures to control the spread of Covid-19.

Joe Biden is now set to return to the White House, where he served for eight years as President Barack Obama’s deputy.

At the age of 78, Joe Biden will be the oldest president in American history.

Usually the losing candidate concedes but Donald Trump has vowed to contest the election results on several fronts.

Responding to the Pennsylvania results, the Trump campaign put out a statement saying: “This election is not over. The false projection of Joe Biden as the winner is based on results in four states that are far from final.”

A recount will be held in Georgia, where the margins are tight, and Donald Trump wants the same in Wisconsin. He has also vowed to take legal action to the Supreme Court, alleging voting fraud without evidence.

If the election result is challenged, it would require legal teams to challenge this in the state courts. State judges would then need to uphold the challenge and order a recount, and Supreme Court justices could then be asked to overturn a ruling.

Meanwhile, votes in some states are continuing to be counted and results are never official until final certification, which occurs in each state in the weeks following the election.

This must be done before 538 electors from the Electoral College – which officially decides who wins the election – meet in their state capitals to vote on December 14.

The electors’ votes usually mirror the popular vote in each state. However, in some states this is not a formal requirement.

The new president is officially sworn into office on January 20 after a transition period to give them time to appoint cabinet ministers and make plans.

The handover of power takes place at a ceremony known as the inauguration, which is held on the steps of the Capitol building in Washington DC.

After the ceremony, the new president makes their way to the White House to begin their four-year term in office.

Joe Biden ran for the White House twice before.

In 1988, he withdrew from the race after he admitted to plagiarizing a speech by the then leader of the British Labor Party, Neil Kinnock.

In 2008, he tried again to get the Democratic nomination before dropping out and joining Barack Obama’s ticket.

Joe Biden’s eight years as vice-president allowed him to lay claim to much of Barrack Obama’s legacy, including passage of the Affordable Care Act, known as ObamaCare.