Is Trump Right About Dominion Machines

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Is Trump Right About Dominion Machines

President Trump has criticised the use of an electronic voting system widely used by election authorities across the United States, saying it’s lost him millions of votes.

The machines targeted by Mr Trump were provided by Dominion Voting Systems, and the accusations range from the deletion of votes to inappropriate influence over the company by his political opponents.

So what were his claims, and do they stand up?

Trump: “Dominion deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide.”

Verdict: There is no evidence to support this claim.

The president is referring to a news item on the pro-Trump, conservative news outlet One American News Network (OANN).

“Elections systems across the country are found to have deleted millions of votes cast for President Trump,” it said.

The OANN report referred to an “unaudited analysis of data” obtained from an election monitoring group called Edison Research.

However, the company’s president, Larry Rosin, said: “Edison Research has produced no such report and we have no evidence of any voter fraud.”

OANN did not provide any evidence to back up its claim.

President Trump and his supporters have also been sharing a report from Fox News anchor Sean Hannity claiming Dominion voting machines flipped votes in key states from Trump to Biden.

The report highlights problems in Antrim County, Michigan, where Dominion machines were used – suggesting there could be widespread software issues in other counties as well.

 

There was an issue in Antrim County, but it wasn’t the Dominion software that failed – it was down to a human error, as pointed out by Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

The Antrim County clerk at first failed to correctly configure the reporting function in the machine, so the initial results were incorrect, with Mr Biden winning by around 3,000 votes.

Election officials noticed this unusual result in a typically Republican area, so they corrected the reporting function and re-ran the count – which showed President Trump winning by around 2,500 votes.

Secretary of State Benson said the initial incorrect tally was quickly identified and corrected – and even if it wasn’t, it would have been detected at a later stage in the checking process designed to identify such mistakes.

She added: “There is no evidence this user error occurred elsewhere in the state.”

Mr Hannity also pointed towards potential problems in Georgia where the Dominion machines are widely used – but the Georgia Secretary of State said that despite some reporting delays, the software accurately counted and reported votes in the state.

Is Trump Right About Dominion Machines

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