A day after Michigan’s 16 electoral votes were officially awarded to President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr., a manufacturer of voting machines told senators he supported his company’s work and dismissed the unsubstantiated claims that the results could have been manipulated.
Dominion Voting Systems is the victim of a “dangerous and reckless disinformation campaign aimed at sowing doubt and confusion over the 2020 presidential election,” John Poulos, company chief executive, told the Senate Oversight Committee of State.
The company has been criticized by supporters and lawyers of President Trump, who have claimed without evidence that the company’s voting machines passed votes from Mr. Trump to Mr. Biden.
Mr Poulos assured the committee that his company had no connection with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, or George Soros, the billionaire financier who is a subject of theories of the right plot.
“The comments about setting up our company in Venezuela with Cuban money with the intention of stealing elections are beyond bizarre and are complete lies,” Poulos added. “My business started in my basement, which was in Toronto.”
State Senators, who are investigating allegations of irregularities in the 2020 election, have continually returned to tiny Antrim County in northern Michigan where human error in the clerk’s office local related to the software update in some vote tabulators caused votes for Mr. Trump was inadvertently counted for Mr. Biden. The error was detected and corrected before the voting results were certified. Mr. Trump’s supporters have pointed to the error as evidence of widespread election fraud.
“If all tabulators had been updated according to our procedure, there would have been no error in the unofficial report,” Poulos said. “Human errors happen, especially during busy election years when election officials work tirelessly on weekends and holidays for months on end.
He dismissed as seriously flawed a report by a self-proclaimed electoral fraud expert on the County Antrim situation that was cited by Trump allies.
Lawmakers have also repeatedly asked questions about a variety of other unsubstantiated allegations, including that the Dominion’s tabulators were connected to the Internet and, therefore, susceptible to being hacked; and that the machines used choice voting in Michigan.
“Would it be impossible to manipulate anything,” asked State Senator Michael MacDonald, a Republican.
“I don’t think so, but if it was possible it would definitely be detectable,” Poulos replied, noting Michigan’s use of paper ballots. “If there was any manipulation of the system, those paper ballots would not match the machine totals.”
While the committee cannot do anything to alter the results, it plans to continue investigating the election, with plans to subpoena clerks from the city of Detroit and Livonia, two Wayne County towns that have attracted national attention last month after Republicans said the Solicitors Council initially opposed certification of election results due to minor irregularities.