US electronic voting service firm denies prez poll fraud claims


Washington, Nov 22 : Dominion, one of the most widely used voting equipment companies in the US, has denied "false assertions about vote switching and software issues with our voting system" during the November 3 presidential election. This week, the company headquartered in Denver, Colorado, struggled with a hoax amplified by followers of the far-right QAnon conspiracy theory group, which alleged that its voting machines had been compromised, resulting in millions of votes for President Donald Trump being deleted or switched to votes for his Democratic rival Joe Biden in the election, reports Xinhua news agency. Even before polls closed on Election Day, as he fell behind on votes, Trump targeted the Dominion voting systems as the culprit behind his defeat, tweeting several times about the "horrendous" voting systems. The company found itself in the hot seat as President has not conceded after Biden claimed his victory, then it had fired back repeatedly at claims of malfeasance by Trump attorneys trying to invalidate the 2020 election results. "An unsubstantiated claim about the deletion of 2.7 million pro-Trump votes that was posted on the Internet and spread on social media has been taken down and debunked by independent fact-checkers," it said on Saturday in an online document titled "Setting The Record Straight: Facts & Rumors". "Completely false," the company that provides voting equipment and software to more than half of America's 50 states and 1,300 jurisdictions noted in the scathing, one-page, seven-point document rebuke of several conspiracy claims of voter fraud. "Claims that 941,000 votes for President Trump in Pennsylvania were deleted are impossible," the Dominion study continued, refuting a key component of QAnon's strategy of voter fraud. Addressing another popular rigged election theory, Dominion said "assertions of 'supercomputer' election fraud conspiracies are 100 per cent false". "The Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has debunked claims about the existence of a secret CIA program for vote fraud called Hammer and Scorecard," it noted. Dominion's posting also addressed and denounced attempts by Trump administration lawyers to connect leading Democrats with the company. On November 8, Sidney Powell, a member of Trump's legal team involved in challenging election results, had said that "Democrats were stealing the election from Trump by manipulating the Dominion Voting Systems vote-counting software". Dominion rebuffed the claim on Saturday by saying that the company "works with all US political parties; our customer base and our government outreach practices reflect this non-partisan approach". /IANS




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