WASHINGTON, D.C.—Dominion Voting Systems has been the target of conspiracy theories surrounding allegations of voter fraud in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Michigan, Arizona and Nevada.
Elections Canada Does not use Dominion Voting Systems. We use paper ballots counted by hand in front of scrutineers and have never used voting machines or electronic tabulators to count votes in our 100-year history, tweeted Elections Canada Tuesday.
President Donald J. Trump was leading the 2020 Campaign on November 3rd with millions of votes more than Joe Biden until several battleground states stopped counting ballots. The next day—President Trump’s lead chipped away, vote by vote in favor of Biden.
THIS SAYS IT ALL! https://t.co/zZSspsJPe9— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 17, 2020
Cybersecurity experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have said there is no reason to believe there were problems with Dominion machines or machines from any other company. But Homeland Security has not provided any research data from the November 3, 2020 elections to support their statement.
The Trump’s Campaign lawyers and experts said there has been evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 US elections. The election process was not secure and there is proof of voter fraud of all types across battleground States including Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Arizona and Wisconsin.
Main Media across our Nation have methodically dismantled the Trump’s Campaign voter fraud theory that Dominion somehow flipped 3.8 million ballots of Trump votes to Joe Biden.
“It’s high stakes from a business perspective for there to be fraud allegations,” said Aleksander Essex, a computer science professor at Western University who studies election security. “There are people that were talking to me today that were worried about Dominion being able to continue, to exist. That they could go out of business.”
Essex and other election-security experts have long warned about the weaknesses of electronic voting equipment, but they’re quick to stress there is no evidence to support the president’s claims of a massive vote fraud by Dominion.
“There is a difference between a vulnerability and a rigged election, they’re completely different things,” said the Western professor. “You don’t just get to say it’s rigged. You need to have something, anything, to back that up.”
The theories abounding online around Dominion are “nonsense,” agreed Doug Jones, a University of Iowa computer science professor. Indeed, the election was conducted with unusual care after Trump’s “blathering about rigged elections” led to intense scrutiny from both parties, he said.
But both Essex and Jones say the industry as a whole has been lackadaisical about security, making itself open to digital assault from outside actors and even those within the business.
Dominion both produces the kind of ballot scanning and counting equipment and software used extensively in the U.S. election, and systems for Internet voting that have been adopted in numerous Canadian municipalities.
Ballots cast in federal elections in Canada are still counted by hand, part of a system that Essex believes is the best in the world.
The company now serves 1,200 jurisdictions just in the U.S., and is that country’s second-biggest elections equipment vendor.
But it has often met with controversy, working in a field that necessarily attracts massive media and public scrutiny.
Dominion was on the hot seat in 2014 when a glitch in its system meant lengthy delays in announcing the results of the New Brunswick provincial election.
Then in 2018, 42 Ontario municipalities had to extend voting by 24 hours when another Dominion technical problem all but prevented voters from accessing the online balloting site for hours.
Essex produced a report on that calamity and came away dismayed by the vulnerability of the system, and at the company’s lack of transparency — typical of an industry he said is secretive as a whole.
He said he heard from numerous losing candidates for mayor and councillor who were concerned that the problems had led to an unfair election, at least one of whom tried but failed to get information from Dominion itself.
“All of this in Ontario simmered under the radar,” said Essex.
Jones said Dominion is no better or worse than any of the major vendors, but all have been too loose in securing their systems, both from tampering by malign national actors like Russia, China and Iran — and from technicians inside.
“I don’t want a system that is vulnerable to a take-over by some cabal of bureaucrats,” he said. “The motivation through almost all of the development (of election technology) was focusing on the user experience, the voter’s experience and also on the elections officials’ experience. With extraordinary little attention to security.