Media Outlets Do Not Certify Election Outcomes: Texas Governor

BY MIMI NGUYEN LY November 10, 2020 Updated: November 10, 2020

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement on Tuesday that media outlets do not certify election outcomes, and signaled his support for processes to ensure the integrity of the elections in the United States.

“Democracy depends upon fair and open elections. We all agree that every legal vote counts and that illegal votes do not,” Abbott, a Republican, told ABC affiliate KTRK in a statement. “There are processes in place in each state to determine if any vote is legal, and we must respect those processes to ensure the integrity of our elections.”

“Election outcomes are certified by designated governmental bodies, not by media outlets,” he added. “Recounts are authorized by law when certain metrics are met, and nearly every election cycle we see recounts take place in at least some races. This is not uncommon. The election process then requires a final canvassing of votes in each state.”

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday there will be a “smooth transition to a second Trump administration.” He later said that should Biden win the election, a transition would be successful.

“The world should have every confidence that the transition necessary to make sure that the State Department is functional today, successful today, and successful with the president who’s in office on January 20 a minute after noon will also be successful,” Pompeo told reporters.

The Epoch Times isn’t calling the race until the legal battles are resolved, all results are certified, and the Electoral College votes are cast.

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