Updated: January 22, 2021
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: FACTS & RUMORS
Facts about Dominion and the Debunked Antrim County "Forensic Audit" Report
This week, Russ Ramsland's Allied Security Operations Group—a biased, non-independent organization—released a severely flawed "forensic audit report" that further contributes to the continuing malicious and widespread disinformation campaign aimed at eroding confidence in the integrity of the 2020 presidential election. Ramsland is a notorious conspiracy theorist, and gave a presentation in 2018 in which he claimed the "Deep State" was formed when the Muslim Brotherhood, President George H.W. Bush's father, leftists, and George Soros came together in Nazi Germany in the 1930s—although Soros was born in 1930. He also falsely claimed in an affidavit that in Detroit, voter turnout was 139.29% and that turnout in North Muskegon was an eye-popping 781.97%; in reality, the turnout in those places was 50.88% and 78.11%, respectively.
His group was not hired by any court or government body, but instead by plaintiffs that have submitted sham "evidence" across the country. These cases have been roundly debunked in courts from coast-to-coast. U.S. Election Assistance Commission-sanctioned, third-party, independent test labs are best positioned to conduct fair, non-partisan analyses.
The claims made in the report are technologically impossible. Dominion machines did not—and could not have—"switched" or enabled the "switching" of any votes. A hand count of the paper ballots as well as a review by any independent, federally accredited Voting System Test Laboratory (VSTL) will confirm this fact.
The Michigan Attorney General and Secretary of State responded to the report, stating that it is "critically flawed, filled with dramatic conclusions without any evidence to support them" and that the group that drafted the report "has no apparent expertise in election administration and technology." Further, a spokesperson for the Michigan Department of State said, "Unless the authors explicitly shared the data and methods by which they arrived at their conclusions—a standard used by all actual experts in election administration and technology—they must be assumed to be completely false."
In a court filing in response to the report, the Michigan Director of Elections stated that, "the report makes a series of unsupported conclusions, ascribes motives of fraud and obfuscation to processes that are easily explained as routine election procedures or error corrections, and suggests without explanation that elements of election software not used in Michigan are somehow responsible for tabulation or reporting errors that are either nonexistent or easily explained."
Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos refuted the report's findings under oath before the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee. Here are the facts from his testimony:
- Michigan doesn't use Ranked Choice Voting. "A simple review of Antrim's ballots easily confirms this. More importantly, an independent review by an EAC certified test lab—any of them—could easily verify this."
- Antrim County does not use modems. "None of Antrim's tabulators were connected to the internet. Although some Michigan counties require that tabulation systems transmit unofficial election results from the precincts via modems on closed networks, Antrim County does not use modems."
- There was no digital adjudication of votes in Antrim County. "The adjudication claims are entirely false... In Antrim County, ballots are reconciled manually. What the report is alleging is impossible because Antrim County does not license nor use digital adjudication. Furthermore, digital adjudication requires the use of ballot images. Antrim County did not record absentee ballot images."
- There were no software "glitches" that "switched" votes in Antrim County. "The reason we are now talking about Antrim County has to do with a series of human errors...If all of the tabulators had been updated as per procedure, there wouldn't have been any error in the unofficial reporting."
- Antrim County (and all of Michigan) has a paper ballot record for every vote cast on a Dominion machine. "Because our systems in Michigan use paper ballots, the accuracy of tabulation machines can be proven by hand counts and audits. As the Michigan Secretary of State office has already announced, this week, the Bureau of Elections and Antrim County will conduct a hand count of all ballots cast in the presidential election. This will verify that our system counted votes accurately."
Get more facts about Dominion here, including our work in swing states like Michigan.