Dominion CEO Dismisses Vote Switching, Foreign Influence Allegations

Dominion CEO Dismisses Vote Switching, Foreign Influence Allegations
President and CEO of Election Systems & Software Tom Burt, President and CEO of Dominion Voting Systems John Poulos, President and CEO of Hart InterCivic Julie Mathis testify during a hearing before the House Administration Committee, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on Jan. 9, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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The CEO of Dominion Voting Systems, responding to allegations from President Donald Trump's legal team and others, said that claims that the company rigged the election to switch votes from Trump to Joe Biden are not true.

Writing for the Wall Street Journal, CEO John Poulos again asserted that the company is American. The firm says it has headquarters in Denver, Colorado, and Toronto, Canada.

"Dominion is an American company, now headquartered in Denver. Dominion is not and has never been a front for communists," he wrote. "It has no ties to Hugo Chavez, the late dictator of Venezuela. It has never been involved in Venezuelan elections. None of Dominion’s systems use the Smartmatic software that has come under attack, as any state certification lab could verify."

Poulos was referring to allegations in a lawsuit and an affidavit from lawyer Sidney Powell that Smartmatic, which was created in Venezuela, had ties to both Chavez and Dominion. Both companies have frequently denied the claims.

He said that Dominion machines can produce a paper ballot that can be used as a backup.

"Despite the company’s limited role in elections, it has been the target of a stream of outrageous statements since Election Day—increasingly reckless and defamatory allegations that don’t stand up to scrutiny," Poulos writes. "Dominion is never able to affect the outcome of an election. The entire certification process makes sure of that."

Poulos said that the claims "fueled the harassment of election officials and Dominion employees across the country," including death threats.

"The lies and smears have no basis in fact, but they do real damage to our democracy by casting doubt on the legitimacy of the electoral process. The false allegations should be retracted immediately," he said. Poulos did not say whether the company will file a lawsuit.

However, one researcher and cybersecurity expert alleged on Monday that Dominion user manuals can guide people on how to connect to the Internet and that the machines were connected to the Internet on Election Day.

“The Dominion suite user manual is about an inch and a half thick. My team went back through the user manual and looked at all the instances where in the user’s manual, it tells operators to connect the ethernet cords to the router, and it is, the systems are connected to the internet,” Phil Waldron, a cybersecurity expert and retired Army colonel, told a public hearing in Arizona in front of GOP state senators.

“Our teams looked at spirographs on the Dominion network on Election Day and showed the increased web traffic, internet traffic on Election Day for Dominion servers,” he said. “In a nutshell, these systems are not what you’ve been told, if you’ve been told anything. They are connected to the internet. There is no transparency of how the voter information is processed, moved, and stored. And, as a matter of fact, these companies have refused to allow any type of inspection into their code and they always decry, it’s our IP, it’s IP protection.”

Dominion has not responded yet to a request for comment.

Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.
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