How California moved to the future of voting during a pandemic

Forty-eight counties responded to a CalMatters election survey and many attributed the smooth election to new vote centers with savvy technology.

Mono County tried its hand at new election technology during the March 2020 primary but then the internet cut out. For the general election, it reverted to old-fashioned paper voter rolls.

Most of the state’s 58 counties followed suit this election, choosing to use technology and some form of vote center. It turned out to be critical infrastructure to support California’s pandemic-inspired decision to mail ballots to every registered voter. Forty-eight counties responded to a CalMatters survey, with many registrars attributing a smoother election to the new approach. Now that politicians in Sacramento are talking about making vote-by-mail permanent and expanding vote centers, though, some local officials are worried about cost given vote center usage.

The vote centers were possible this year because of the 2016 Voter’s Choice Act,

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Dominion: What you need to know about the voting company Trump claims “stole” the election

Egged on by Trump-friendly One America News and lawyers Rudolph W. Giuliani and Sidney Powell, the president has accused Dominion of deleting votes for him with a system that is “horrible, inaccurate and anything but secure.” Trump’s advisers also claim Dominion’s software was created at the behest of former Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez to win that country’s elections.

While there’s no evidence for any of those accusations — The Post’s Fact Checker debunks the alleged ties to Venezuela in detail — they’re bringing fresh attention to the way U.S. elections are run and to private companies like Dominion that have long played a starring role in the process. They’ve also deeply unsettled cybersecurity and election administration experts, who worry that valid concerns about election integrity are now being overshadowed by claims that have no basis in reality.

The bottom line is that private companies do play a huge role in

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Trump Lashes Voting Tech Firm With Barrage of Debunked Claims

(Bloomberg) — Even as many of President Donald Trump’s claims about fraud committed during the 2020 election have fallen by the wayside, the president continues to hold on to one in particular: That a little known election-equipment maker called Dominion Voting Systems Inc. conspired to help Joe Biden steal the vote.

Dominion, with headquarters in Toronto and Denver, is the second largest voting machine supplier in the U.S. It was founded in Toronto in 2002 by entrepreneur John Poulos at a time when digital voting machines were replacing paper ballots in the aftermath of the disputed 2000 presidential election in which George W. Bush narrowly defeated Al Gore.



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But now, the company finds itself buffeted by a disinformation storm that it’s racing urgently to counter, even as a panel of government experts has debunked

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Election Security Experts Contradict Trump’s Voting Claims

Fifty-nine of the country’s top computer scientists and election security experts rebuked President Trump’s baseless claims of voter fraud and hacking on Monday, writing that such assertions are “unsubstantiated or are technically incoherent.”

The rebuttal, in a letter to be published on various websites, did not mention Mr. Trump by name but amounted to another forceful corrective to the torrents of disinformation that he has posted on Twitter.

“Anyone asserting that a U.S. election was ‘rigged’ is making an extraordinary claim, one that must be supported by persuasive and verifiable evidence,” the scientists wrote. In the absence of evidence, they added, it is “simply speculation.”

“To our collective knowledge, no credible evidence has been put forth that supports a conclusion that the 2020 election outcome in any state has been altered through technical compromise,” they wrote.

The letter followed a similarly strong rebuttal of the president’s claims last week by

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Dominion voting machines didn’t delete or switch votes

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The head of an international delegation monitoring the U.S. elections said on Thursday his team has no evidence to support President Donald Trump’s claims about alleged fraud involving mail-in absentee ballots. (Nov. 5)

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The claim: Dominion Voting Systems deleted votes for Donald Trump, switched votes to Joe Biden

Multiple conservative news sources have claimed this week that vote counting software from Dominion Voting Systems deleted votes for President Donald Trump or switched votes to President-elect Joe Biden.

OAN’s Lilia Fifield made the claim on air earlier this week, per a clip on Mediaite. 

“Election systems across the country are found to have deleted millions of votes cast for President Trump,” she said. “According to an unaudited analysis of data obtained from Edison Research, states using Dominion Voting Systems may have switched as many as 435,000 votes from President Trump to Joe Biden, and the author also finds

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House Republicans Push Back Against Report Saying Remote Voting Technology Exists

In a Wednesday press release, three Republican members of the Committee on House Administration described a proposed remote voting program for representatives, that’s being touted by some Democrats, as being “unproven, unsecure, and unconstitutional.”



Kevin McCarthy et al. standing next to a man in a suit and tie: House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy indicated his lack of support for allowing members of the House of Representatives to vote remotely in a Wednesday press release.


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House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy indicated his lack of support for allowing members of the House of Representatives to vote remotely in a Wednesday press release.

A report published Tuesday by Committee on House Administration Chairperson Zoe Lofgren concluded that the technology existed for the House to conduct remote voting. Although the House authorized voting by proxy in May as a safety measure during the COVID-19 pandemic, Lofgren’s study revolves around an expansion of that system. Some members of the GOP have decried any form of proxy voting. Wednesday’s statement alleged that Democrats would use the remote voting system to avoid in-person discussion of the issues.

Pelosi Calls On Republicans To ‘Come Back

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Dominion Voting Systems ‘Categorically Denies’ Election Tech Glitches Following Trump Accusations

Dominion Voting Systems said in a statement on Friday that it “categorically denies” claims that its election software encountered glitches that impacted the results of the presidential election last week.



Election workers count ballots on November 4, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Friday, Dominion Voting Systems released a statement saying it "categorically denies" allegations that its election software experienced glitches during the 2020 presidential election.


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Election workers count ballots on November 4, 2020 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. On Friday, Dominion Voting Systems released a statement saying it “categorically denies” allegations that its election software experienced glitches during the 2020 presidential election.

The company’s software is used in 28 U.S. states, including in swing states like Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. After official sources called the national race for Joe Biden on November 7, President Donald Trump accused the company of deleting millions of votes cast for him across the country.

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Trump posted on Twitter a report from the conservative network One America News that alleged 2.7 million Trump votes were “deleted” and that thousands more votes cast for Trump

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Trump spreads baseless claim about Dominion Voting Systems after losing election

President Trump and campaign surrogates have claimed, without evidence, that widespread voter fraud occurred in the key battleground states that gave President-elect Biden the necessary electoral college votes to become the projected 46th president of the United States. The latest claim, that Dominion Voting Systems, a voting software company used in 28 states, deleted and switched votes intended for Mr. Trump, also does not hold water. 

The president on Thursday tweeted an unsubstantiated story from the pro-Trump One America News Network that Dominion “deleted 2.7 million Trump votes nationwide,” citing “data analysis.” The post, which was flagged by Twitter, tagged OANN personality Chanel Rion, who earlier in the week amplified the baseless claim that a “glitch” in the system caused Mr. Biden to initially lead in the historically Republican county. The Michigan secretary of state’s office said it was a human error that was quickly corrected. 

The unsubstantiated OANN report

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Voting machine problems aren’t cyberattacks, but cybersecurity expert says ‘we’re not out of the woods yet’

Voting machine problems Tuesday in Spalding County in Georgia and Rochester, N.Y., were being monitored by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, officials said. They urged the public to be wary and patient.

DHS officials maintained these were typical challenges with election technology and there was no indication of malicious activity.

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During a conference call with reporters, Director Christopher Krebs said at the briefing he does not see any kind of cyberattack out there at this point.

“When you see tech challenges or failures, it is very, very, very, rarely a cyber issue, based on everything we’ve seen, that’s what’s going on out there,” he said.

Krebs added that the states were addressing the issues with their respective vendors. He asked for patience.

“We’re not out of the woods yet,” Krebs said. “Today, in some sense, is

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Live coverage of Election Day voting and results

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 Trump up by 3 points with 10.6 million votes counted

President Donald Trump is leading by nearly three percentage points – or 282,759 votes – in Florida as of 8:45 p.m..

Trump is in a strong position. The bulk of Florida’s votes – 10.6 million – already have been counted. More than 90% of the votes are tabulated.

Trump is at 51% support, compared to 48% for Joe Biden. The president has roughly 5.4 million votes, compared to roughly 5.1 million for Bid

 Turnout up in key region for Trump

Southwest Florida is a critical region for Trump to turn out his

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