The state Board of Elections has unanimously certified as official the results from Rhode Island’s election on November 3.

In comments to the board, Executive Director Robert Rapoza said the almost 65 percent of registered Rhode Islanders voters who cast ballots was the highest percentage in recent memory.

Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won Rhode Island with 59.4 percent of the vote.

Of 521,185 ballots, “170,095 voters voted by requesting, receiving and returning a mail ballot and 149,616 voters cast an emergency in-person ballot at the city/town hall in which they were registered 20 days prior” to the election, Rapoza said.

The certification sets the stage for Rhode Island's four votes in the Electoral College to go to Biden.

The results were reviewed through a post-election audit. Rhode Island is one of just five states that perform such an audit.

Some local supporters of President Donald Trump have echoed his baseless claims of widespread fraud, without offering proof.

Rapoza said the approach in Rhode Island, through the audit and other means, shows that voting was secure and not affected by cyber-attacks or other irregularities.

“This board and all Rhode Islanders can be confident in the accuracy of these results,” he said, “and everyone should be proud that the basic work of democracy – a transparent, efficient and accurate election was conducted even amidst an ongoing pandemic.”

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