President Trump on Thursday unfold new baseless claims about Dominion Voting Systems, which makes software program that native governments across the nation use to assist run their elections, fueling a conspiracy idea that Dominion “software glitches” modified vote tallies in Michigan and Georgia final week.
The Dominion software program was utilized in solely two of the 5 counties that had issues in Michigan and Georgia, and in each occasion there was an in depth clarification for what had occurred. In the entire instances, software program didn’t have an effect on the vote counts.
In the 2 Michigan counties that had errors, the inaccuracies had been due to human errors, not software program issues, in keeping with the Michigan Department of State, county officers and election-security consultants. Only one of many two Michigan counties used Dominion software program.
Issues in three Georgia counties had different explanations. In one county, an obvious drawback with Dominion software program delayed officers’ reporting of the vote tallies, however didn’t have an effect on the precise vote rely. In two different counties, a separate firm’s software program slowed ballot staff’ capacity to check-in voters.
“Many of the claims being asserted about Dominion and questionable voting technology is misinformation at best and, in many cases, they’re outright disinformation,” mentioned Edward Perez, an election-technology professional on the OSET Institute, a nonprofit that research voting infrastructure. “I’m not aware of any evidence of specific things or defects in Dominion software that would lead one to believe that votes had been recorded or counted incorrectly.”
Right-wing voices throughout the web this week have claimed incorrectly that Dominion was accountable for errors in vote counts, and Mr. Trump shared a Breitbart article on Twitter that incorrectly tied the Michigan points to separate issues in Georgia.
Many of these folks have mentioned, opposite to proof, that Dominion software program was used to modify votes. Some folks even recommended that the corporate was doing the bidding of the Clintons, a conspiracy idea that was shared on Twitter by Mr. Trump. On Wednesday, Rudolph W. Giuliani, the president’s lawyer, mentioned he was in touch with “whistle-blowers” from Dominion, although he didn’t present proof. And on Thursday, Mr. Trump shared on Twitter new baseless allegations that Dominion “deleted” and “switched” a whole bunch of 1000’s of votes for him.
Dominion, initially a Canadian firm that now has its efficient headquarters in Denver, makes machines for voters to forged ballots and for ballot staff to rely them, in addition to software program that helps authorities officers set up and maintain monitor of election outcomes.
Georgia spent $107 million on 30,000 of the corporate’s machines final yr. In some instances, they proved to be complications within the state’s main elections in June, although officers largely attributed the issues to an absence of coaching for election staff.
Dominion didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
In Antrim County, Mich., unofficial outcomes initially confirmed President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. beating Mr. Trump by roughly 3,000 votes. But that didn’t appear proper within the Republican stronghold, so election staff checked once more.
It turned out that that they had configured the Dominion poll scanners and reporting software program with barely totally different variations of the poll, which meant that the votes had been counted appropriately however that they had been reported incorrectly, state officers mentioned. The appropriate tallies confirmed Mr. Trump beat Mr. Biden by roughly 2,500 votes within the county.
In Oakland County, Mich., election officers additionally noticed an error after they first reported the unofficial counts. They realized that they had mistakenly counted votes from town of Rochester Hills, Mich., twice, in keeping with the Michigan Department of State.
The revised tallies confirmed that an incumbent Republican county commissioner had saved his seat, not misplaced it. Oakland County used software program from an organization known as Hart InterCivic, not Dominion, although the software program was not at fault.
Both errors, which appeared to go towards Republicans, spurred conspiracy theories in Conservative corners of the web. That drew a response from Tina Barton, the Republican clerk in Rochester Hills, town that had its votes briefly counted twice.
“As a Republican, I am disturbed that this is intentionally being mischaracterized to undermine the election process,” she mentioned in a video she posted on-line. “This was an isolated mistake that was quickly rectified.”
Michigan officers added that the errors got here within the counties’ unofficial tallies and that they had been fastened earlier than one other layer of checks meant to catch such errors. In that evaluate, two Republican and two Democratic “canvassers” certify the vote counts in every county, checking ballot books, poll summaries and tabulator tapes.
In Georgia’s Gwinnett County, the vote rely was delayed due to an obvious drawback with the Dominion software program, in keeping with a detailed clarification from county officers. The software program correctly counted the votes, the county mentioned, however it will not ship some tallies to the state’s central database. Joe Sorenson, a Gwinnett County spokesman, mentioned that the county has since been capable of report the correct totals to the state nevertheless it stays unclear what occurred with the software program.
Spalding and Morgan counties in Georgia had separate issues with techniques that verify in voters on the polls. Those so-called Poll Pads had been made by an organization known as KnowInok, not Dominion, mentioned Harri Hursti, an election safety professional on the bottom in Georgia.
“People are comparing apples to oranges in the name of Dominion,” Mr. Hursti mentioned.
Mr. Perez, the election-technology researcher, mentioned it was truthful to ask for extra transparency and accountability from the businesses that make the know-how that underpins elections, however there isn’t a proof of any fraud or widespread errors within the 2020 race.
“It’s reasonable for citizens and politicians to look at the role of private vendors in the machinery of democracy, and to ask questions,” he mentioned. “Now that doesn’t mean elections are rigged.”
Nicole Perlroth contributed reporting.