Nov 30, 2020 - Politics & Policy

Dominion Voting CEO responds to baseless election-rigging conspiracy theories

Rudy Giuliani stands with Sidney Powell.

Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell. Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Dominion Voting Systems CEO John Poulos on Monday responded to a flood of "bizarre" and baseless conspiracy theories — boosted by President Trump and his allies — alleging that the company rigged the 2020 election.

What he's saying: "The allegations against Dominion are bizarre, but I’ll set the record straight," Poulos wrote in a Wall Street Journal op-ed out Monday. "Dominion is an American company, now headquartered in Denver. Dominion is not and has never been a front for communists."

  • "It has no ties to Hugo Chávez, the late dictator of Venezuela. It has never been involved in Venezuelan elections."
  • "There is no secret 'vote flipping' algorithm."

Background: Dominion, which supplied voting equipment for the election in 28 states, has been at the center of a web of conspiracy theories on the right since Election Day. Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and lawyer Sidney Powell — a Trump ally who until recently was on the president's legal team — have claimed that voting machines were hijacked with software originally designed to keep the late Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez in power.

  • Poulos wrote that Dominion only focuses on a "highly regulated and certified" part of the election process.
  • "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 wrote.

The bottom line: "These attacks undermine the tens of thousands of state and local officials who run our elections," Poulos wrote.

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