Despite Trump's conspiracy claims, Dominion voting machines did not wipe any of his votes: report

Despite Trump's conspiracy claims, Dominion voting machines did not wipe any of his votes: report
President Donald J. Trump talks to members of the press along the South Lawn driveway of the White House Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, prior to boarding Marine One en route to Joint Base Andrews, Md. to begin his trip to Michigan, Wisconsin and Minnesota. (Official White House Photo by Tia Dufour)
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Over the last several days, President Donald Trump and his allies have unleashed a flurry of false claims about the election in an effort to undermine the integrity of the results. On Thursday, Trump went a step further by taking aim at Dominion voting machines with another conspiracy theory about the "software glitches" leading to significant changes in voting results in Michigan and Georgia.

In all capitalized letters, Trump shared details about a report published by One American News Network that claimed Dominion software deleted "2.7 million" of his votes, nationwide. Although that amount still would be significantly less than he would have needed to level the playing field or impact the Electoral College result, Trump even continued to push the baseless claims surrounding that conspiracy theory.

"REPORT: DOMINION DELETED 2.7 MILLION TRUMP VOTES NATIONWIDE. DATA ANALYSIS FINDS 221,000 PENNSYLVANIA VOTES SWITCHED FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP TO BIDEN. 941,000 TRUMP VOTES DELETED. STATES USING DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS SWITCHED 435,000 VOTES FROM TRUMP TO BIDEN."

However, like nearly all of the election conspiracy theories, this claim has also been debunked, according to The New York Times. As Trump shares these dangerous claims, right-wing conservatives have continued circulate the disinformation across social media platforms. Now, Edward Perez, an election-technology expert at the OSET Institute, which focuses on voting infrastructure, has spoke out to refute the misinformation about voting technology.

"Many of the claims being asserted about Dominion and questionable voting technology is misinformation at best and, in many cases, they're outright disinformation," said Perez. "I'm not aware of any evidence of specific things or defects in Dominion software that would lead one to believe that votes had been recorded or counted incorrectly."

Some Republicans have also had the courage to push back against the conspiracy theory. Tina Barton, the Republican clerk in Rochester Hills, Mich., released a statement after an error was discovered in their vote count. But unlike Trump claimed, the outcome was actually favorable for a Republican candidate.

"As a Republican, I am disturbed that this is intentionally being mischaracterized to undermine the election process," she said in a video she posted online. "This was an isolated mistake that was quickly rectified."

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