Conservative media figures, social media customers, and President Donald Trump have unfold rumors about issues with Dominion Voting Methods, an election know-how firm that provides software program to many native governments. They’ve claimed that remoted experiences about Election Evening glitches elevate issues about election leads to states round the nation.
Additional undermining Trump’s claims was the reality that hours after his tweet, federal authorities companies launched a press release declaring that “the November third election was the most safe in American historical past.” The assertion mentioned, “There is no such thing as a proof that any voting system deleted or misplaced votes, modified votes, or was in any manner compromised.”
One America, which has broadcast a bevy of election misinformation since Election Day, hasn’t posted a digital model of its Dominion report on its web site or YouTube channel. Charles Herring, the community’s president, advised MeSlop in an electronic mail on Thursday that the full report can be “highlighted” in an investigative program scheduled to be broadcast on November 21 and 22. Herring didn’t reply to a query about what proof its claims are primarily based on.
In different phrases, the community claims to have proof of widespread voter fraud however is selecting to take a seat on that proof for greater than per week.
Different conservative figures like Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani and the President’s son Eric Trump have additionally shared questions on Dominion on social media. Giuliani has claimed
to have acquired an affidavit from somebody “inside” Dominion who alleges that batches of “phony” pro-Biden ballots were counted. Giuliani hasn’t launched any proof.
Dominion, a Canadian firm based in 2002 with US headquarters in Denver, is the second-largest supplier of voting know-how in the US, in keeping with a 2017 report from the College of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Public Coverage Initiative. In 2016, Dominion’s know-how was utilized in 1,635 jurisdictions in additional than two dozen states, the report discovered.
Dominion has not responded to a number of requests for an interview with MeSlop, but it surely mentioned in a publicly launched assertion that the rumors about issues with its know-how were false.
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“No credible experiences or proof of any software program points exist,” the firm wrote. “Whereas no election is with out remoted points, Dominion Voting Methods are reliably and precisely counting ballots. State and native election authorities have publicly confirmed the integrity of the course of.”
In an up to date assertion Thursday afternoon, Dominion asserted that it’s a nonpartisan US firm and its outcomes are 100% auditable.
“Human errors associated to reporting tabulated outcomes have arisen in a number of counties, together with some utilizing Dominion tools, however applicable procedural actions were taken by the county to deal with these errors were made previous to the canvass course of,” the assertion learn.
The rumors began with a vote-tallying drawback in Antrim County, Michigan, a Republican stronghold that makes use of Dominion tabulating machines. The county’s preliminary outcomes confirmed Joe Biden main, and election officers shortly realized on election evening that one thing was fallacious with their outcomes, the native clerk advised the Detroit Free Press final week.
The county makes use of Dominion’s know-how to tally ballots, however the mistake was on account of human error and never the firm’s techniques, in keeping with the Michigan Secretary of State. The secretary of state’s workplace mentioned a clerk had forgotten to replace some of the media drives that went into the poll tabulation machines, and whereas the votes were counted appropriately, the fallacious totals were reported.
“This was an remoted error, there isn’t a proof this person error occurred elsewhere in the state, and if it did it might be caught throughout county canvasses, that are performed by bipartisan boards of county canvassers,” the secretary of state’s workplace mentioned in its assertion.
Different rumors pointed to Oakland County, Michigan, a suburb of Detroit, the place preliminary outcomes mistakenly double-counted votes from the metropolis of Rochester Hills, in keeping with the secretary of state’s workplace. However that was on account of human error, not a software program situation, the native clerk mentioned.
“As a Republican, I’m disturbed that that is deliberately being mischaracterized to undermine the election course of,” Tina Barton, the clerk of Rochester Hills, Michigan, mentioned in a press release. “This was an remoted mistake that was shortly rectified as soon as realized.”
However on-line, right-wing voices — together with Giuliani, Eric Trump, conservative Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar
and Breitbart Information — have seized on these remoted points as purported proof of wider “glitches” with Dominion’s software program.
The one documented voting drawback that has been reliably linked with Dominion’s techniques themselves got here in Gwinnett County, Georgia, the place officers confronted delays on Election Evening after they were unable to make use of the firm’s software program to publish the outcomes of some tallied ballots.
Joe Sorenson, the county’s spokesperson, advised MeSlop that the issues the county skilled were solely associated to publishing outcomes to the secretary of state’s workplace, not the voting course of or the counting of votes. He mentioned it wasn’t clear why the county had issues, however that Dominion technicians were in a position to repair their points.
Sorenson, who’s labored for the county for 30 years, mentioned he was shocked with the quantity of misinformation that was swirling on-line surrounding Gwinnett’s voting course of.
“It actually does really feel like individuals consider what they wish to consider,” he mentioned. “I do not assume I’ve ever seen it fairly like this earlier than.”
Two different Georgia counties that additionally use Dominion, Spalding and Morgan, encountered issues with their know-how to verify in voters — however these points were truly linked to know-how run by separate corporations, an election safety professional advised The New York Instances.
Social media posts have additionally baselessly alleged ties between Dominion and Democratic leaders, misinformation that was first famous and debunked by The Related Press.
A number of Twitter posts that have been retweeted hundreds of instances have claimed that the firm is concerned with the Clinton Basis. However whereas Dominion did comply with donate its know-how to “rising democracies” as half of a program run by the Clinton Basis in 2014, in keeping with the basis’s web site, Dominion mentioned in its assertion that it has “no firm possession relationships” with the basis.
Different conservative voices pointed to the reality that Dominion employed Nadeam Elshami, a former chief of employees to Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi, as a lobbyist. Elshami has labored as a lobbyist for Dominion, in keeping with federal disclosures — however the firm has additionally employed Republican lobbyists, together with former aides of former Vice President Dick Cheney and GOP Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp.