Attorney Sidney Powell on Dec. 1 accused Dominion Voting Systems of lying and of conducting a “massive fraud” that has infected the voting system across the United States, in response to the company’s statement denying fraud allegations detailed in recent lawsuits.
It comes after former federal prosecutor Powell filed a lawsuit in Michigan last week, and released another alleging “massive election fraud” in Georgia, containing issues pertaining to Dominion Voting Systems.
The 75-page complaint (pdf) filed in Michigan alleges that “hundreds of thousands of illegal, ineligible, duplicate, or purely fictitious ballots” were enabled by “massive election fraud.” It claimed that election software and hardware from Dominion Voting Systems used by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers helped facilitate the fraud.
A separate lawsuit released on Powell’s website (pdf) meanwhile alleges “massive election fraud” and multiple violations of the Constitution and Georgia’s state laws in the 2020 general election, as well as issues pertaining to Dominion.
In particular, the Georgia suit took issue with election software and hardware from Dominion, which it noted was recently purchased and “rushed into use” by Kemp, Raffensperger, and the Georgia Board of Elections.
Dominion Voting Systems responded by issuing a statement asserting that it “categorically denies false assertions about vote switching and software issues with our voting systems,” and that Powell’s Georgia lawsuit is an “error-filled document” that repeats a “number of baseless allegations” about the company.
On Wednesday, Dominion said that there were “unfounded allegations being made against the company and its voting systems” in recent days.
“Dominion Voting Systems is the gold standard for transparent and accountable voting equipment,” the company said. “The allegations included in the draft complaint are baseless, senseless, physically impossible, and unsupported by any evidence whatsoever.”
The allegations in the lawsuit, most of which are based on witness and expert statements, relate to mail-in ballot fraud and insecurities, recount irregularities and deficiencies, and security hazards of the Dominion Voting Systems machines used by the state.
“Dominion contends that it is impossible for any tampering of the votes on its machines to have occurred. Our evidence proves otherwise,” Powell said in her response.
Powell said that prior analysis of server logs on Dominion’s machines in Georgia primary elections has shown “remote access into those servers in the middle of the night when no election workers were around,” possibly by Dominion employees overseas or “on behalf of adverse nation-states such as Iran and China.”
The allegation is based on a redacted declaration of a former electronic intelligence analyst under 305th Military Intelligence.
“By using servers and employees connected with rogue actors and hostile foreign influences combined with numerous easily discoverable leaked credentials, Dominion neglectfully allowed foreign adversaries to access data and intentionally provided access to their infrastructure in order to monitor and manipulate elections, including the most recent one in 2020,” the suit says.
Powell in her statement also highlighted allegations from witnesses that Dominion technical support staff connected remotely to election servers during tabulation of the primary and runoff elections in the state “to resolve ‘technical problems’ with uploading memory cards.”
“Voting machines were able to be connected to the internet by way of laptops that were obviously internet accessible,” the suit says. “If one laptop was connected to the internet, the entire precinct was compromised.”
Affiant Hari Hursti, a Finnish computer programmer and election security expert, said, “There is evidence of remote access and remote troubleshooting, which presents a grave security implication.”
Powell also pushed back against Dominion’s remarks that “any such tampering would have been revealed by the hand count audit conducted in Georgia.”
“This is not true,” the attorney said. “The ballots marked by the Ballot Marking Devices (BMD) do not record the vote in a software-independent way. Instead, Dominion’s software is responsible for taking the voter’s machine input and printing it on the paper ballot in a QR code that contains the vote that is read by the scanner, but cannot be read by humans, and a text summary that can be read by humans.”
The Georgia suit is intended to be filed in the U.S. District Court Northern District of Georgia, Atlanta Division, against Gov. Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and other election officials.
The suit asks the court to de-certify the election results in Georgia and impound all the voting machines and software in Georgia for expert inspection by the plaintiffs, among other requests. Plaintiffs include Republican Party nominees for the Electoral College, Cobb County Republican Party Chairman Jason Shepherd, and the assistant secretary of the state Republican Party, Brian Jay Van Gundy.
Mimi Nguyen Ly and Petr Svab contributed to this report.