Report airs disproven claims about Dominion machines in Michigan County

CLAIM: A report released this week in Michigan shows Dominion Voting Systems machines in County Antrim, Michigan were “intentionally designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results.”

AP ASSESSMENT: False. This report is based on lies about human error in County Antrim and Dominion machinery, according to state and local officials. The initial vote reporting error in County Antrim has been isolated and has been identified and explained by election officials. This was caused by a clerk not updating the media players of some tabulators to reflect the correct ballot content. It was not a machine problem.

THE FACTS: There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election. Election officials have confirmed that there were no serious irregularities and that the election went smoothly.

There is also no evidence that election technology company Dominion Voting Systems votes exchanged or deleted, used algorithms to unequally weigh voting results, in collusion with the Democrats, Where foreign servers used — despite repeated efforts by the president and his supporters to claim so.

Still, a barrage of misrepresentations around Dominion returns to County Antrim, Michigan this week after from there on election night, when confusion over a clerk’s error led social media users to mistakenly blame the election management system used to compile the data.

The renewed focus on the Dominion and County Antrim this week stems from a report released on Monday in a lawsuit challenging the county’s election results.

The 23-page report – signed by a former Republican candidate for Congress with a history of spreading misinformation about the Michigan election – asserts that Dominion “is intentionally and deliberately designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results”.

The report claims County Antrim election results should not be certifiable, as a forensic analysis of voting machines revealed a “machine error embedded in voting software designed to create an error”.

This analysis is “seriously flawed, filled with dramatic conclusions without any evidence to back them up”, according to a joint statement Monday from the Michigan State Department and the Michigan Attorney General’s Office.

County Antrim officials approved a press release on Tuesday, saying: “An analysis that should have been based on data and facts is instead riddled with false and unsubstantiated allegations, baseless attacks and incorrect use of technical terms.”

Dominion clarified that his tech got it right in county antrim in the 2020 election. Officials carefully Explain the human error that caused the tiny Republican-leaning county to temporarily report unofficial results that reflected a landslide victory for Joe Biden.

“This was caused by the clerk not updating the media players on some of the County Antrim machines, an accidental human error,” the Michigan Department of State said in a statement. Release. “Misreporting is common and always detected and corrected in county prospecting, if not before, as was the case in County Antrim.”

“There was no malice, no fraud here, just human error,” County Clerk Sheryl Guy told the AP. The tabulation error has been corrected.

Several social media users, including Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and the president himself, cited mention in the report of the county having a “68% error rate,” which he said is based on a review of tabulation logs three days after Election Day.

The report’s authors didn’t explain all the errors they saw, or what they mean by “error rate.” County officials told the AP they don’t understand the number because they haven’t had a chance to sift through the data.

The report released Monday also included a slew of other debunked claims about Dominion, which Dominion CEO John Poulos addressed at length Tuesday in prepared statements to a Michigan Republican-led Senate committee investigating the election.

The disinformation campaign against Dominion defies fact or logic,” Poulos said. “To date, no one has produced credible evidence of voter fraud or vote changing on Dominion systems, because those things just didn’t happen.”

When releasing the report on Monday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called the Nov. 3 election “the safest in our state’s history.”

“If the Trump campaign had actual evidence of wrongdoing — or genuine suspicion of wrongdoing — they could have requested a manual recount of every ballot in the state,” she said in a statement. . “They did not, choosing instead to allow shadowy organizations claiming expertise to launch baseless allegations of fraud in an effort to mislead American voters and undermine the integrity of the election. “

For further confirmation that nothing went wrong with vote tabulators in County Antrim, the Michigan Bureau of Elections will conduct a risk-limiting audit of all ballots this Thursday, according to the Department of Elections. State of Michigan.

“It is essentially a manual count of each ballot, which can be compared to machine-tabulated results,” the department said in a statement. declaration.

“We’re interested in transparency here,” County Antrim spokesman Jeremy Scott told the AP. “Even though we are confident in the results, we want everyone to be confident in the results.”

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