International observers see no fraud in 'historic' US vote

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By Laura Sanders  with AP
US president-elect Joe Biden.
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International observers from the Organization of American States have said in a preliminary report that they saw no instances of fraud or voting irregularities in the U.S. presidential election.

The delegation included 28 experts and observers from 13 countries who studied the election process in Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan and the District of Columbia. COVID-19 prevented a broader coalition of experts.

The OAS said election day was peaceful, although there were efforts to intimidate poll workers as the votes were counted, and that the country’s mail-in ballots were a secure system.

The report notes that due to COVID-19, mail-in votes and early votes combined accounted for over one-hundred million ballots ahead of election day.

The report says the OAS supports “the right of all contesting parties in an election, to seek redress before the competent legal authorities when they believe they have been wronged.”

“It is critical however, that candidates act responsibly by presenting and arguing legitimate claims before the courts, not unsubstantiated or harmful speculation in the public media,” the OAS says.

A detailed report which will expand on the OAS's initial findings will be presented in Washington D.C.. The report concluded by saying that the "2020 elections have been historic in many ways", stating that "while the environment of the elections was competitive and fraught, the ability of voters across the country to access the vote in less than ideal circumstances, exemplifies the democracy for which the United States is renowned and which it has championed across the globe."