President Donald Trump has filed charges against a Canadian-founded voting system, Dominion, for poll irregularities during the 2020 US presidential election. Dominion, which has offices in Toronto and Colorado, covers 40 percent of the US electorate and is used in 28 states. John Poulos is the founder and CEO, and James Hoover is the vice president.
Trump has tried to link at least three instances of irregularities to Dominion because its systems were used. In a tweet, Trump said that “vote tabulated by a Radical Left privately owned company, Dominion, with a bad reputation & bum equipment that couldn’t even qualify for Texas (which I won by a lot).”
Trump’s lawyers, Sidney Powell and Rudy Giuliani reported that Dominion was linked to another company, Smartmatic Corp., one of whose directors, Peter Neffenger, is on the Biden transition’s review panel for the Department of Homeland Security. However, it has been established that Smartmatic does not own Dominion and both companies are rivals in the election technology field.
Dominion has agreed that software problems delayed the reporting of vote counts, but the officials have confirmed that the delay did not affect the numbers. Officials in Georgia have also clarified that although founded by Canadians, that country does not use Dominion systems.
Elections Canada confirmed Monday they do not use DominionVoting Systems. They said they used paper ballots counted by hand in front of scrutineers and have never used voting machines or electronic tabulators to count votes in their 100-year history. In Michigan, where inaccuracies in reporting the ballots were discovered, officials said they were due to human error and were not controlled by the Dominion software.
In response to Trump’s accusations, Smartmatic said they had never owned any shares or had any financial stake in Dominion Voting Systems. Besides, Smartmatic said they had never provided Dominion Voting Systems with any software, hardware, or other technology; the two companies were competitors in the marketplace.