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No proof of large-scale voter disruption within the US election

This article is part of Election 2020: America Votes, FP's 24/7 coverage of the US election results as they come in, with brief dispatches from correspondents and analysts from around the world. The America Votes page is free to all readers.

After one of the most competitive election campaigns in recent years, Americans voted on Tuesday fearing election day would be overshadowed by voter intimidation, outside interference and technical glitches at polling stations.

By Tuesday afternoon, however, the elections had been largely uneventful, according to the Civil Rights Lawyers' Committee, which runs a nationwide election protection program.

"At this point in time, we appear to be on our way to a relatively successful election day, one marked by record turnouts in early voting and record turnouts in email voting," said Kristen Clarke, president and chief executive officer of the Legal Committee for Civil Rights taking a call to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

"I think this speaks to the success of historical voter protection efforts aimed at empowering voters to get as much information as possible about how to vote in these elections amid the pandemic," said Clarke.

While the committee's hotline had received tens of thousands of calls from voters across the country, it was mostly focused on individual issues and there was little evidence of efforts to systematically prevent people from voting on election day.

The FBI and the New York attorney general are Do some research A wave of robocalls received by voters in several states urged them to "stay safe and stay home". The calls do not specifically mention the vote, but the timing raised concerns that they may be part of an effort to discourage people from voting.

Earlier in the day, cybersecurity officials reaffirmed their confidence in the security of the elections. Unlike 2016, when Russian hackers targeted election infrastructure in all 50 states, this year was "a lot quieter," a senior cybersecurity and infrastructure security agency told reporters. "At this point, this looks like any other election day and even just another Tuesday," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

"We have no evidence that any foreign opponent has succeeded in jeopardizing or influencing the votes cast in this election," said the incumbent Minister of Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, on Tuesday.

The Washington Post Early Tuesday evening it was reported that the U.S. Cyber ​​Command and the National Security Agency had taken steps in recent weeks to prevent foreign actors, including Iran, from interfering in the elections. The move came after US intelligence officials announced that Iran was behind a wave of bizarre emails sent to Democratic voters in swing states.

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