Fact-checking: Have the Dominion’s voting systems caused widespread voter fraud, as Trumpf claims?

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Following the anticipated victory of Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, President Donald Trump has continued to make allegations of widespread electoral fraud, claiming that he actually won the election.

The allegation

On Thursday, Trump posted a tweet in all caps that read: “REPORT: DOMINION DELETES 2.7 MILLION TRUMPF CHOOSES NATIONAL. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES THAT WERE CHANGED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINIONAL SELECTION SYSTEMS SWITCH 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMPF TO BID,” quotes One America News Network (OAN).

By Thursday, 15:45 ET, Trump’s post had been retweeted more than 130,000 times and enjoyed by more than 400,000 users.

The Facts

While Trump points out a bug in the Pennsylvania vote, Dominion software was also used in Michigan and Georgia.

In Michigan, two counties had problems with the vote count, but the problems were not caused by the Dominion software but by human error.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson denied allegations that the Dominion software caused errors in the vote count.

“Michigan’s elections were conducted fairly, effectively and transparently and accurately reflect the will of Michigan voters,” she said in a statement. “The erroneous reporting of unofficial results from Antrim County was the result of an accidental mistake by the Antrim County clerk. The equipment and software did not malfunction, and all ballots were tabulated properly. However, the clerk inadvertently failed to update the software used to collect voting machine data and report unofficial results.

“The software did not cause any misallocation of votes; it was the result of a human error by the user. Even when human error occurs, it is caught in the district polls,” the statement added.

According to the New York Times, three counties in Georgia also had problems with the vote count, but a bug in the Dominion software did not change the actual vote count and instead delayed reporting on the ballots.

Talking to the Times, Edward Perez, an OSET Institute election technology expert, said that “many of the claims made about the Dominion and questionable voting technology are misinformation at best, and in many cases are pure disinformation.

“I am not aware of any evidence of any particular things or bugs in the Dominion software that would lead me to believe that the votes were incorrectly recorded or counted,” Perez told The Times.

Dominion Voting Systems has also published its own factual review of claims about its systems, writing that “there are no credible reports or evidence of any software problems.

In addition, the Election Integrity Partnership, a group of research institutions focused on preventing allegations that attempt to undermine the voting system, wrote in a Twitter thread that “false claims are circulating that Dominion Voting Systems is responsible for widespread voting errors. There is no evidence to support these allegations, which use isolated incidents to claim wrongdoing”.

The verdict

Wrong.

Despite Trump’s claim, there is no evidence yet of widespread voter fraud caused by the Dominion voting systems used in 28 states in the United States.

Washington Newsday asked Trump’s campaign and Dominion for comments, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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