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Dominion Voting System spokesperson Michael Steele said Sunday that it’s not physically possible for their machines to do what former federal prosecutor Sidney Powell is suggesting.
Powell, a member of President Trump’s legal team alleging widespread election fraud, is claiming that an “algorithm” was developed for the software used by voting machines to switch votes from Trump to Democratic nominee Joe Biden.
Steele appeared Sunday on Fox News and was asked directly did Dominion voting machines change a single vote from Trump to Biden.
No. This is a nonpartisan American company,” Steele replied. “It is not physically possible for our machines to switch votes from one candidate to the other. Let’s be clear, our election system is run by local elected officials and nonpartisan poll watchers. We simply provide a tool to count the ballots — to print and count ballots. There is no way such a massive fraud could have taken place, and there are no connections between our company and Venezuela, Germany, Barcelona, Kathmandu or whatever the latest conspiracy theory is.”
When pressed, Steele reiterated that “it’s physically not impossible.”
“When a voter votes on a dominion machine they fill out their ballots on the touchscreen and they are given a printed copy which they then give to a local election official for safekeeping,” he explained. “If any electronic interference had taken place the tally reported electronically wouldn’t match the printed ballots. In every case where we’ve looked at, in Georgia, all across the country, the printed ballots, the gold standard in election security has matched the electronic tally.”
Responding to the idea that many Americans don’t believe the company, Steele countered that he has “facts on my side,” before besmirching Trump’s legal team for making “crazy allegations.”
“The president’s attorneys will go on press conferences, will go on TV and make these crazy allegations and then 30 times they’ve gone to court and they have not offered a scintilla of proof. All I can say is until — we would love to see any facts and evidence they have but thus far we have seen none.”
Steele denied that Dominion is financed by foreign sources, saying that they are “funded by American capitalists.”
He was also asked about Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick calling Dominion machines “junk.”
“The great thing about our system is that every city gets to certify their own equipment,” Steele said. “Texas being Texas is a little bit different. They were afraid that our systems were too complex and they chose to go elsewhere. We accept that. We don’t agree with it, we agree with the 28 other states where our machines operate.”
In drilling down on how the process works, Steele stressed that voters are given a paper ballot of their votes that can be reviewed.
He also noted that some of the counties the Trump campaign is asking for recounts in did not use their machines.
“In fact, in Pennsylvania, in 14 counties where dominion machines were used the president won 52% of the vote,” Steele said.
As for potentially nefarious motivations to explain this, he said “we’re now in the realm of conspiracies so dark I have no idea even what we’re talking about here.
When asked about manipulating thumb drives, Steele said this wasn’t possible but explained that the tabulators “are secured by local elected officials and nonpartisan poll watchers.”
It’s debatable how trustworthy election officials may be in some Philadelphia and Detroit precincts, or how many “nonpartisan” poll watchers there may be.
Addressing Powell’s claim of skewed algorithms favoring Biden, Steele called it “nonsense.”
“This is nonsense,” he said. “That is not done. That is not possible. Again, if someone tried to alter the electronic record the printed paper ballots would not match. It is not possible.”
At the same time, Steele did acknowledge “isolated errors by human actors,” as was seen in Michigan.
Fox News host Eric Shawn then turned the floor over to Steele to define how the allegations of fraud by the president’s legal team impacts “the integrity and credibility of the belief in our election systems.”
After noting that he is a conservative Republican, Steele said the real attack is on elected officials at the state and local levels and poll watchers, before offering a rousing defense of these people.
“I can’t imagine that someone would want to be in a position of authority in our election system in our democracy just to subvert it,” he concluded. “I think these are public spirited people and patriots, and they are doing their job to the best of their ability to make sure we get accurate, transparent results.”
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