President Trump on Thursday spread new baseless claims about the Dominion voting system, which creates software that local governments around the country use to help run their elections, which promotes a conspiracy theory.Software glitches“Changes in changed votes Michigan And Georgia last week.
Dominion software was used in two of five counties in Michigan and Georgia, and each example contained a detailed description of what had happened. In all cases, the software did not affect the vote count.
According to the Michigan State Department, county officials, and election-security experts, the mistakes in the two Michigan counties were due to human errors, not software problems. Only one of the two Michigan counties used Dominion software.
There were other explanations in the issues of Georgia’s three counties. In one county, an apparent problem with Dominion software delayed reporting the height of the vote to officials, but did not affect the actual vote count. In two other counties, software from a different company slowed down the ability of voters to check-in voters.
“Many of the claims about Dominion and dubious voting technology are false, and in many cases, they are disbanding outright,” said Edward Perez, an election-technology expert OSET Institute, A nonprofit that studies voting infrastructure. “I don’t know of any evidence of specific things or flaws in Dominion software that would convince that votes were recorded or counted incorrectly.”
Right-wing voices on the Internet this week have incorrectly claimed that the Dominion was responsible for the mistakes in the vote count, and Mr. Trump shared a Breitbart article on Twitter that unfairly tied Michigan issues to isolate problems in Georgia.
Many of those people have stated contrary to evidence that Dominion software was used to convert votes. Some people even suggested that the company was bidding for Clinton, a conspiracy theory shared by Mr. Trump on Twitter. On Wednesday, the President’s lawyer Rudolf W. Giuliani said he was in contact with Dominion as a “whistle-blower”, although he did not provide evidence. And on Thursday, Mr. Trump shared unbridled allegations on Twitter that Dominion had “removed” and “switched” by “thousands” of votes for him.
Dominion, originally a Canadian company that now maintains its effective headquarters in Denver, manufactures machines for counting voters as well as activists for electing ballots, as well as software that mobilizes government officials Helps in tracking and tracking election results.
Georgia spent $ 107 million on the company’s 30,000 machines last year. In some cases, they Proved to be a headache In the state’s primary elections in June, however, officials largely attributed the problems to a lack of training for election workers.
Dominion did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Antrim County, Mich. In, informal results initially led to President-Elect Joseph R. Showed to Biden Jr. Defeated Mr. Trump by nearly 3,000 votes. But this did not seem right in the Republican stronghold, so the election workers re-examined.
It turned out that they had configured Dominion ballot scanners and reporting software with slightly different versions of ballots, which meant that votes were counted correctly but were reported incorrectly, State officials said. The right length showed that Mr. Trump defeated Mr. Biden in the county by about 2,500 votes.
In Oakland County, Michigan, election officials first showed an error after reporting an informal count. He realized that he had twice mistakenly counted votes from the city of Rochester Hills of Michène, according to the Michigan State Department.
The revised elevations show that a commissioner from Republican County had retained his seat, not lost it. Oakland County used software from a company called Hart Intersivic, not from Dominion, though the software did not have a fault.
Both flaws, which appeared to go against Republicans, provoked conspiracy theories in Conservative corners of the Internet. Republican clerk Tina Barton’s response in Rochester Hills at the time briefly counted the city’s votes twice.
“As a Republican, I’m upset that this is being deliberately misrepresented to undermine the electoral process,” she said in a video she posted online. “It was a separate mistake that was quickly corrected.”
Michigan officials said the errors came in the informal heights of the counties and were corrected before another layer of checks meant to catch such mistakes. In that review, two Republican and two Democratic “canvassers” certify the vote count, poll book, ballot summary and tabulator tape checks in each county.
In Gwinnett County, Georgia, the vote count was delayed due to an apparent problem with Dominion software, according to a Detailed description from county officials. The software properly counted the votes, the county said, but it would not send anything long to the state’s central database. Jeevinnet County spokesman Joe Sorenson said the county has since been able to report the exact totals to the state but it is unclear what happened to the software.
Spalding and Morgan counties in Georgia had different problems with the systems that voters check in elections. Election security expert on the ground in Georgia, Harri Hursty, said the so-called pole pads were known by a company called Dominion, not Dominion.
“People are comparing apples to oranges in the name of Dominion,” Mr. Hursty said.
The election-technology researcher, Mr. Perez, said it was reasonable to ask for more transparency and accountability from the poll-holding companies that conducted the elections, but there is no evidence of any fraud or widespread errors in the 2020 race.
He said, “It is appropriate for citizens and politicians to see the role of private sellers in the machinery of democracy and ask questions.” “Now this does not mean that the elections have been rigged.”
Nicole Paroloth contributed reporting.