U.S. Election System Needs an 'Autopsy' After 2020 Contest Is Over to 'Secure the Vote': Expert

Stanford Law School professor Nate Persily, an election integrity expert, called for an "autopsy" on the U.S. election system after the 2020 contest.

"We need a national effort to secure the vote," Persily told NBC moderator Chuck Todd on Sunday's episode of NBC News' Meet the Press. "I hope after this election that we have an autopsy on our election system and see what we can do to make sure that the election runs smoothly.

WATCH: Election integrity expert Prof. Nate Persily calls for an "autopsy for our election system" after the voting is over. #MTP #IfItsSunday@persily: "We need a national effort to secure the vote." pic.twitter.com/te27KnlbM3

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"But we really do need to celebrate these local election administrators," Persily continued. "I have to tell you, over the last six months, we've had hundreds of thousands of these local, sort of unsung heroes who have been dedicating their time to trying to adapt the election infrastructure to deal with the pandemic and they have done an unbelievable job."

Todd brought up a recent UMass Amherst poll in which 80 percent of likely voters were concerned in total about potential election-related violence. In response, Persily said that the focus should be on the positive.

"This is a 100-year flood of voters that we are seeing," he said, "and while there's always reasons to be concerned and vigilant, we shouldn't look at Election Day and see isolated instances of problems and assume that that is the story. So while, you know, we who work in this field are always concerned about these types of dysfunction, there is no indication now, at least in the early voting, that it's posing a big problem."

Persily's call for a closer look into the nation's election system comes as government officials raised concerns of potential voter fraud and suppression amid the presidential contest.

President Donald Trump's senior campaign adviser, Jason Miller, alleged Democrats will try to "steal" the win if Trump is leading on Election Day.

"If you speak with many smart Democrats, they believe that President Trump will be ahead on election night, probably getting 280 electors, somewhere in that range," Miller said on ABC News' This Week Sunday. "And then they're going to try to steal it back after the election."

Trump adviser Jason Miller: "If you speak with many smart Dems, they believe that Trump will be ahead on election night ... and then [Dems will] try to steal it back after the election."

(Stephanopoulos does not challenge Miller that counting all ballots ≠ "stealing.") pic.twitter.com/FMApbmVlRa

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Miller continued: "We believe that we will be over 290 electoral votes on election night, so no matter what they try to do, what kind of high jinks or lawsuit or whatever kind of nonsense they try to pull off, we're still going to have enough electoral votes to get President Trump re-elected."

Trump alongside his Republican allies has claimed rampant voter fraud in U.S. elections. The president has also rallied against mail-in voting—even as many people are choosing to forgo voting in-person in an effort to prevent the spread of COVID-19 amid the pandemic.

There have been many lawsuits addressing potential voter fraud and suppression surrounding the election, one such being a lawsuit brought by the the Nevada Republican Party and the Trump campaign over ballot counting in Clark County, Nevada.

However, Trump's previous campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski, denied that the president's re-election campaign is engaging in voter suppression.

In an interview on Fox News Sunday, Lewandowski told Chis Wallace that Republicans are looking out for the integrity of the election.

"Look, this is about the integrity of the process," said Lewandowski, arguing that the country shouldn't have a problem with the Trump campaign suing to obtain signatures of Nevada voters.

"To verify via signature that the person who filled out the ballot is actually the one who signed it and sent it back in, I don't think anybody in America has a problem with that," said Lewandowski. "Signature verification is something that takes place in most of the big states that do this well."

Wallace then played a clip of Trump suggesting that states should be barred from counting ballots after Election Day, even though it's common for many states to count on-time mail-in votes last.

Lewandowski replied that Trump just wants to get "as many votes in by Election Day as possible."

"The concern is when you have some states that don't require a postage mark on there, so we don't know when they were filled out. They don't require signature verification and some states will be counted 9 or 10 days after the election," said Lewandowski. "I think in the most industrialized country in the world we can do better than that."

Both the Trump and Biden campaigns didn't immediately respond to Newsweek's request for comment in time for publication.

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Arizona Counts Ballots Ahead Of Tuesday's Election Day PHOENIX, AZ - OCTOBER 31: Ballots are counted by Maricopa County Elections Department staff ahead of Tuesdays election on October 31, 2020 in Phoenix, Arizona. Early voting lasted from October 7th through the 30th in Arizona, which had a record number of early voters. Election integrity expert calls for a closer look at the U.S. election system amid increased concerns of voter fraud and suppression. Photo by Courtney Pedroza/Getty Images/Getty