Dominion Voting Systems, an elections expertise firm based in Toronto, is being focused by U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies as they declare the latest presidential election outcomes had been rigged by the agency — claims the corporate says are totally baseless.
Trump has despatched a sequence of tweets about Dominion within the days since president-elect Joe Biden secured the 270 electoral votes wanted to take the Oval Office.
The outgoing president has referred to as the operation — which additionally has U.S. places of work in Denver, Colorado — a “radical left” firm with a “bad reputation” that provides states with “bum equipment.”
He claims the corporate’s merchandise are “not good or secure” and had been manipulated by Democrats and different unnamed unhealthy actors to swing the election for Biden.
The agency provides voting and tabulating tools to counties in 28 states and Puerto Rico — machines which can be used to depend the prolonged U.S. ballots. Dominion tools was in use in 4 states that proved to be essential to the top consequence: Arizona, Michigan, Nevada and Georgia.
But this is not the primary time that Dominion’s machines have been extensively used throughout a U.S. election. The firm, which is the dominant participant within the election expertise sector, counted 70 million votes in additional than 1,600 jurisdictions within the 2016 presidential election that Trump gained, in response to information compiled by researchers on the University of Pennsylvania. Dominion machines counted ballots in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin — states Trump narrowly carried in that contest.
Trump seized on a Tuesday social media publish from Elections Canada which stated the Dominion voting machines in query usually are not used for federal elections on this nation. He tried to make use of the Elections Canada assertion to bolster his declare that there is one thing mistaken with how the voting firm does enterprise.
“Elections Canada does not use Dominion Voting Systems. We use paper ballots counted by hand in front of scrutineers and have never used voting machines or electronic tabulators to count votes in our 100-year history,” Elections Canada, an impartial federal company, stated on Twitter.
“THIS SAYS IT ALL,” Trump tweeted in response.
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A spokesperson for Elections Canada stated the tweet was despatched as a result of its social media platforms have been flooded with questions in regards to the safety of the voting system right here — and it was not meant to be a touch upon Dominion.
“Our message on Twitter was meant to respond to the large number of questions we had received from people who mistakenly believed we use automated tabulating systems in federal elections. It shouldn’t be construed as anything other than that,” Natasha Gauthier stated in an announcement to CBC News.
U.S. voters choose candidates for dozens of federal, state, county and native political places of work — and, in some states, judgeships — and infrequently vote on amendments to state constitutions in every election cycle.
As a consequence, American ballots might be unwieldy and the counting course of there’s way more advanced than what Elections Canada grapples with throughout a federal election.
Canadian voters merely mark an “x” subsequent to the identify of their most popular candidate for Parliament. Dominion’s tools makes tabulating the outcomes for all of the disparate places of work on the U.S. poll simpler to do.
Trump’s anti-Dominion rhetoric has been amplified by quite a few his supporters on social media making unfounded claims that Dominion — which was based by Canadian businessman and Queen’s Diamond Jubilee recipient John Poulos — has ties to socialist Venezuela and that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s household and the Clinton Global Initiative have possession stakes.
Dominion made a one-time philanthropic dedication at a Clinton Global Initiative assembly in 2014, however the Clinton Foundation has no stake or involvement in Dominion’s operations, the nonprofit instructed The Associated Press. A former aide to Pelosi has represented Dominion as a lobbyist — however so have lobbyists who labored for Republicans.
Poulos, a University of Toronto electrical engineering graduate, began the corporate with accomplice James Hoover after the 2000 U.S. presidential election debacle — when paper poll outcomes from Florida had been contested for weeks.
“I co-founded the company in 2003 on three basic pillars: security, accessibility and transparency. We continue to be committed to these founding principles and delivering best-in-class solutions for secure, transparent and accessible elections. The voting systems that we produce provide high assurance that election outcomes are accurately and reliably tallied,” Poulois stated in a written assertion to the U.S. Congress in January.
Trump additionally has claimed — once more, with no proof — that states that use Dominion’s machines shifted tens of 1000’s of Trump votes to the Biden column in an effort to swing the election.
“This Election was Rigged, from Dominion all the way up & down!” he tweeted on Nov. 13.”941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN.”
“Now it is learned that the horrendous Dominion Voting System was used in Arizona (and big in Nevada). No wonder the result was a very close loss!” he stated.
While the corporate has been criticized for previous missteps — a technical error with tabulator machines used within the 2014 New Brunswick election depend delayed outcomes for hours — the corporate says the declare that it will probably swap votes is “categorically false.”
“Dominion does not have the ability to review votes in real time as they are submitted,” the corporate stated. “No credible reports or evidence of any software issues exist.”
The firm issued a prolonged assertion Tuesday to dispel a number of the falsehoods about its operations.
“Claims that 941,000 votes for President Trump in Pennsylvania were deleted are impossible,” the corporate stated.
“The fourteen counties using Dominion systems collectively produced 1.3 million votes, representing a voter turnout of 76 per cent. Fifty-two percent of those votes went to President Trump, amounting to 676,000 votes processed for the President in Pennsylvania using company systems.”
The firm stated counting errors in some states the place its expertise is used might be attributed to human error. An election audit in Georgia discovered 2,631 uncounted ballots in Floyd County, one thing Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system supervisor, stated was “an amazing blunder” however not one carried out by Dominion.
The U.S. intelligence group has backed Dominion’s assertion that the poll counting course of has been safe and that the outcomes ought to be trusted.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) stated final week it has discovered “no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes or was in any way compromised.”
The company confirmed that it isn’t potential for a foul actor to vary election outcomes with out detection.
Chris Krebs, a Trump appointee and the director of this company, referred to as the 2020 election “the most secure in American history.”
Trump fired Krebs on Tuesday.