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Trump tweets out allegation that Dominion voting system deleted millions of Trump votes

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Trump on Thursday tweeted out information from One America News Network (OANN) claiming that Dominion, the voting system that allegedly experienced several glitches during the 2020 election, “deleted” 2.7 million votes for him, and, in Pennsylvania, switched 221,000 Trump votes to Biden, swinging the election.

“REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN,” the president tweeted. The tweet featured a disclaimer from Twitter saying the information is “disputed.” In the OAN report, host Lilia Fifield alleged that electronic voting machines were discovered to have deleted millions of votes for Trump. She cited an “unaudited analysis of data obtained from Edison Research.”

“The author also finds another 2.7 million Trump votes appear to have been deleted by Dominion, including almost 1 million Trump votes in Pennsylvania alone,” said Fifield. “Analysts say the theft and destruction of votes are attributed to so-called ‘glitches’ in Dominion’s software, and the extent to which this affected results can be verified by hand recounts of votes in each state.” Asked about the report, Edison Research President Larry Rosin said: “I will tell you what I told them – We created no such report that OAN referred to and we are not aware of any voter fraud.” While OAN has deleted the tweet of the story, their retweet of Trump still appears on their timeline.

Pennsylvania is a state where votes are still in question, according to the Trump campaign. There have been ongoing allegations about voter fraud in that state, and issues surrounding admittance of GOP observers to facilities where votes were being counted in Philadelphia. Dominion was rejected by the Texas secretary of state in 2013 and 2019 due to various issues that led it to fail basic reliability and accuracy tests. The voting system’s improperly counted ballots resulted in a false Biden win in Antrim County, Michigan, and provoked glitches leading to extended voting hours and delayed results.

According to a comprehensive, five-page report on Dominion Voting Systems from 2019, the designee of the attorney general recommended that “certification should be denied.” “Computer systems should be designed to prevent or detect human error whenever possible and minimize the consequences of both human mistakes and equipment failure. Instead the Democracy Suite 5.5-A is fragile and error prone. In my opinion it should not be certified for use in Texas,” Designee James Sneeringer noted. In addition to a “complex, error prone, and tedious” installation process, the report described several red flags discovered during tests of the system. “During our voting test, we discovered that some party names and proposition text were not displayed, and one scanner was not accepting some ballots,” the report read.

The secretary of state’s office also flagged the Dominion software as potentially confusing voters. At one point while scanning ballots, voters reported seeing something flash on the display so briefly they could not read it. After several attempts to re-scan the ballot, they were able to discern that it was a message reading “Ambiguous Marks” that was displayed for a second or less. It then reverts to the “System Ready” message. The voter has no way of knowing what, if anything, is wrong since the error message does not persist long enough to read it.

The report goes on to say that “The ballot-marking devices incorrectly informed voters that they were casting their ballots, when in fact they were only printing them. The ballots are not counted until they were scanned on a different device.” 

The Dominion software also caused issues in Georgia. As Fox 5 Atlanta reports, 80,000 absentee ballots were affected, causing election result delays. OANN highlighted the fact that Dominion has ties to the Clinton Foundation. Penelope Chester-Starr is Dominion’s communications manager. Before assuming that role, she worked for the Clinton Growth Initiative and was vice president for Teneo, the firm created to help manage Bill and Hillary Clinton’s foreign businesses and which booked their personal speaking engagements. Chester-Start also helped organize a 2017 Women’s March protesting President Trump.

Furthermore, there appears to be a formal partnership between the Clinton Growth Initiative and Dominion Voting Systems. Dominion was used in at least 47 counties in Michigan, which President Trump had been projected to win. The president’s legal team is pushing for a full audit in the counties in which the voting system was used. Representative Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) has called on Arizona officials to investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software. “No election results should be certified until a complete audit of the Dominion machine tallies is made,” he added.

Many statistical oddities occurred in the presidential race, which cast doubt on the legitimacy of the election results, according to the Trump campaign. One of the most glaring issues is the vast difference in Georgia of the number of individuals who voted for President Trump, but not for the state’s U.S. Senate race, versus the number of voters who did the equivalent for Joe Biden. For the president, it was 818, meaning that of the millions of voters who cast ballots for him, only a little over 800 did not also vote for the Senate race. For Biden, however, the number was 95,801 — meaning nearly 96,000 people allegedly voted for the former vice president but did not bother choosing candidates in the Senate contest. According to reports, Biden leads the president by about 14,000 votes in the state (TNA).

Edward Perez, an expert in election technology with the Open Source Election Technology Institute, told Pennsylvania’s The Morning Call that “Many of the claims being asserted about Dominion and questionable voting technology is misinformation at best and, in many cases, they’re outright disinformation. 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.” However, many, including some lawmakers, have criticized Dominion software for not preventing glitches and other irregularities from occurring in voting machines. Dominion also bought Sequoia Voting Systems in 2010, which raised questions due to accusations that the latter was involved in rigging the 2004 Venezuelan elections (WGOW).

POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE

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