Updated: April 1, 2023
SETTING THE RECORD STRAIGHT: FACTS ABOUT DOMINION
Baseless claims about Dominion Voting Systems have been fully debunked by election authorities, subject matter experts, and third-party fact-checkers.
About Election 2022
- On November 9, 2022, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency ("CISA") addressed disinformation about the 2022 midterms, stating the agency has "seen no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised in any race in the country."
- Overall, Election Day voting for the 2022 midterm elections proceeded smoothly. Voting machines securely and efficiently tabulated results.
- Isolated issues arose in Maricopa County, Arizona and Mercer County, New Jersey. In both instances, Dominion's machines operated as designed.
- On Maricopa County: Maricopa County confirmed that Election Day PRINTER ISSUES related to NON-DOMINION EQUIPMENT produced ballots that were not dark enough to be properly read by tabulators. Maricopa County officials confirmed there were no issues with Dominion tabulators; they also confirmed that voters could still cast ballots. MORE
- On Mercer County: Dominion tabulators functioned exactly as they should in accordance with certification; there were no machine "malfunctions." According to the findings of the Mercer County prosecutor, a miscommunication between Dominion and the company that printed the ballots was the reason for the error that caused voting machines to reject ballots. The prosecutor told county officials, "Because the same codes were not used on the ballots and the voting machines, the machines did not register votes on Election Day." Watch the full explanation HERE.
- On viral rumors about ballots and Sharpie pens: Dominion machines can read Sharpie ink. As Dominion has previously said, "Sharpie pens are safe and reliable to use on ballots, and recommended due to their quick-drying ink." Per the Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, "if a ballot has issues that impact its ability to be scanned, it can be hand counted." MORE
- On viral rumors about Dominion ownership: Dominion is a U.S. company headquartered in Colorado. It has no ties to George Soros, foreign leaders, or U.S. political leaders.
- On other viral rumors: Dominion voting machines are not used in Texas.
About Election 2020
The U.S. government has confirmed through multiple reports that no vote flipping, voting machine manipulation, or foreign government interference took place in the 2020 elections.
- Election authorities and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (“CISA”) stated there “is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.”
- The Director of National Intelligence reported in March 2021 there are "no indications that any foreign actor attempted to alter any technical aspect of the voting process."
- The FBI and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security confirmed no evidence exists that foreign governments or other actors interfered with the elections, and claims about foreign governments manipulating or owning election infrastructure used in the 2020 elections are “not credible.” The U.S. Army debunked false claims about an overseas election server raid.
A MITRE National Election Security Lab data analysis involving Dominion systems in eight key battleground states found no “evidence of compromise or fraud.”
- FACT CHECK – Antrim County, Michigan
Dominion machines in Antrim County, Michigan accurately counted votes. The Michigan Secretary of State confirmed that a results reporting issue was due to user error. The Michigan County Clerks Association supported this finding. A Michigan Senate review of the 2020 election found no fraud, and went further by recommending investigation of those making money from false claims of fraud in the Antrim County election. A lawsuit alleging voter fraud in Antrim County based on a widely-debunked “forensic audit report” has been dismissed.
- FACT CHECK – Maricopa County, Arizona
Dominion machines in Maricopa County, Arizona accurately counted votes. Maricopa County's hand count audit showed a 100% match with the counts from Dominion machines. A second round of equipment audits by federally accredited, independent Voting System Test Labs showed the equipment passed all tests. Maricopa County Board Chair Clint Hickman issued a statement affirming, “no evidence of fraud or misconduct” regarding the 2020 election. The Arizona Secretary of State published a report on issues with the Senate’s review of Maricopa County’s 2020 election results. Visit Maricopa County’s rumor control and fact-checking page for more information.
- FACT CHECK – Mike Lindell’s "Absolute Interference" Video
Click here for fact-checking information on false claims about cyberattacks involving Dominion machines. Third-party fact checkers have also dismissed a state-by-state analysis alleging “excess votes.” Visit Legal Updates for more.
About the Company
- Dominion is a nonpartisan, U.S. company that provides voting systems to “red” and “blue” jurisdictions in 28 states.
- Dominion has no ownership ties to any national U.S. political party leader – or to any foreign governments, including living or deceased foreign leaders.
- Dominion is a private company that provides election technology to government customers. All votes are cast and counted in the U.S. as part of the election process, which is administered and overseen by election officials.
- Dominion and Smartmatic are separate companies. Dominion does not use or license Smartmatic software.
About Our Voting Equipment
Thousands of 2020 election audits and recounts have validated the accuracy and reliability of results and confirmed the integrity of Dominion’s technology.
- As part of the federal Voting System Manufacturer Testing & Certification program, Dominion submits its voting systems for certification by the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (“EAC”).
- Dominion voluntarily provides access to its voting machine equipment and information using independent Voting System Test Labs accredited by the U.S. EAC, as well as to state testing and certification authorities.
- U.S. voting systems are designed and certified by the federal government to be closed systems that do not rely on Internet connectivity for use. State and local requirements also serve to maintain voting machine air gaps for security.
- All Dominion systems are capable of producing paper ballots or paper records.
- Laws and processes exist to ensure that only trained and authorized personnel have physical access to voting systems.
- Fractional or "weighted" voting does not exist in any Dominion system.
- Dominion voting systems comply with all requirements for system updates and election records retention.
- Before every election, local officials typically run voting equipment through public Logic & Accuracy testing to demonstrate it is properly working.
- Dominion machines can read hand-marked paper ballots marked with writing instruments approved by election authorities, including Sharpie pens.
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More Fact Checking Resources
- Find Your State Election Office HERE.
- Fact Checking Services
AP Fact Check | AFP Fact Check | LeadStories | FactCheck.org | Politifact
- U.S. Department of Homeland Security CISA
- Misinformation in the 2020 Election
The Long Fuse: Misinformation and the 2020 Election (Stanford University)
About Our Legal Claims
Dominion is taking action to set the record straight and defend our company, our customers, and our democracy.
- Go to Dominion Legal Updates