Since the 2020 U.S. presidential election results showed that Joe Biden is the president-elect, Donald Trump and his supporters have been open about their suspicions of voter fraud. One of the main points made is against the ballot-counting machines used in the election.
Many states used Dominion Voting Machines. Established in 2003, the company has been getting citizens in the U.S. and Canada through the voting process. Because of the accusations, Dominion Voting Machines even updated its website homepage to defend itself.
Dominion machines are used in states across the country
President Trump and his supporters have said that the voting systems in the U.S. are prone to fraud. On Nov. 12, Trump tweeted that Dominion's systems deleted 2.7 million of the votes in his favor during this year's presidential election.
"Data analysis finds 221,000 Pennsylvania votes switched from President Trump to Biden." Trump said. "States using Dominion Voting Systems switched 435,000 votes from Trump to Biden." Twitter flagged the tweet and said that it's "disputed."
Despite what Trump has said, there hasn't been any substantiated information to back up his claims. The New York Times reported that it contacted voting officials across the country. Each of the officials stated that there isn't any evidence of voter fraud.
An article by The New York Times stated that Dominion systems were used in two of five counties in Michigan and Georgia that had issues with voting. However, Dominion wasn't the cause of any of the issues. The issues were caused by "human errors" according to the article. It said, "In all of the cases, software did not affect the vote counts."
Which states used Dominion Voting Systems?
According to its website, Dominion Voting Machines serves more than 40 percent of the U.S. population. Its products are used in 28 states including New York, California, Nevada, Georgia, and Puerto Rico.
One device that Dominion makes called the ImageCast Precinct is a type of ballot-marking device. According to The Washington Post, these devices allow voters to vote using a touch screen. When they are done, the machine gives people a printout of their votes to feed into a scanner, which counts the votes.
The article stated that these machines were used, in some way, in more than six states. Counties in both Colorado and Georgia used them but in completely different ways. Georgia paid $100 million for ballot-marking devices across the state. Since most people in Colorado voted by mail, these devices didn't get as much use in that state.
Who owns Dominion Voting Machines?
Dominion Voting Machines was founded by John Poulos and James Hoover back in the early 2000s. Poulos serves as the company's CEO. In 2018, the company was acquired by Staple Street Capital, which is a private equity firm.
The board of directors for Dominion isn't fully available, but one member of the Staple Street Capital's board is William E Kennard. He was nominated as ambassador to the European Union by former President Barack Obama in November 2009, according to his biography on Yale's website.