Dominion Voting Systems, one of the largest voting machine suppliers in the United States, filed a defamation lawsuit against Rudolph W. Giuliani on Monday, accusing him of spreading a litany of falsehoods about the company on behalf of former President Donald J. Trump to undermine the election.
The lawsuit records more than 50 inaccurate statements made by Mr. Giuliani in the weeks following the election and issues a punctual refutation of every lie. Here are four of the most common false statements Mr. Giuliani has made about Dominion Voting Systems.
1. The origin of the company
Mr. Giuliani regularly falsely stated that Dominion “is really a Venezuelan company” and that it “depends entirely on the software from Smartmatic,” a company that was “developed around 2004-2005 to help Chavez steal elections”.
Dominion writes in its lawsuit: “Dominion was not founded in Venezuela to prepare for elections for Hugo Chavez. It was founded in the basement of John Poulos in Toronto in 2002 to help blind people vote on paper votes. “The lawsuit later adds that the company’s US subsidiary is headquartered in Denver.
2. Program voices
Another oft-repeated claim was that Dominion had programmed its machines to flip voices: “In other words, if you pressed Biden you got Trump, and if you pressed Trump you got Biden.”
This has been proven false by numerous government and law enforcement officials, including former Attorney General William P. Barr, who said in December, “There was one allegation that would constitute systemic fraud and that would be the claim that machines essentially programmed on it were distorting the election results. And the DHS and the DOJ have looked into it, and so far we haven’t seen anything to support it. “
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Similarly, a joint statement from numerous government and electoral officials and agencies, including the National Association of State Election Directors, the National Association of State Secretaries, and the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, stated that there was “no evidence of a voting system that has been deleted or deleted lost votes, changed votes, or compromised in any way. “
The Georgia handcount also confirmed that the machine counts were correct in this condition.
3. Antrim County, Mich.
Focusing on Antrim County, Michigan, Mr. Giuliani falsely claimed that a “Dominion machine there cast 6,000 Trump votes for Biden” and that machines in the county were “62 percent inaccurate” and had a “68 percent error rate “had. and had a “rejection rate of 81.9 percent”.
Mr. Giuliani’s focus on Antrim County is based on human errors made by the county clerk on election night. According to the lawsuit, the employee “incorrectly did not update all the tab memory cards on the voting machines.” However, the lawsuit states: “Your mistakes were immediately addressed as part of the normal acquisition process before the election result was officially announced.” The Michigan Secretary of State also hand-checked all Antrim County’s presidential elections, which found the machines were correct.
4. A problematic expert
Mr Giuliani alleged that his allegations, particularly in Antrim County, had expert support. However, it relied largely on one man, Russell Ramsland Jr., a former Texas Republican congressional candidate who had also publicly advocated false conspiracy theories, according to the lawsuit filed by Dominion.
Dominion spent more than five pages on Mr. Ramsland’s lack of credentials to properly inspect the equipment, finding that he had a “fundamental misunderstanding of the voting software.” The lawsuit also quotes the former acting director of the Voting System Testing and Certification Program for the US Election Assistance Commission, saying that the report produced by Mr. Ramsland revealed and processed “a” serious misunderstanding “of the Antrim County’s voting system and” lack of knowledge of voting technology. ” . ‘”