Supporters of President Donald Trump demonstrate at a “Stop the Steal” rally in front of the Maricopa County Elections Department office on Nov. 7, 2020. The protesters believed unfounded allegations pushed by Trump and other Republican officials and activists that Joe Biden was elected president through cheating or malfeasance, assertions that have been rejected by elections officials in Arizona and across the country, and also by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which concluded that there “is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised.” Photo by Mario Tama | Getty Images
By Jeremy Duda | Arizona Mirror
For the past decade, Maricopa County has used ballot counting machines and election software from Dominion Voting Systems, a company at the center of unfounded conspiracy theories alleging Democrats stole the 2020 election for former Vice President Joe Biden.
Since Election Day, many Republicans have spread conspiracy theories about Dominion, blaming its machines for Trump’s losses in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan and elsewhere. The conspiracy theories surrounding Dominion have focused on several points, which have been debunked. Information about some of the discredited allegations is available on Dominion’s website.
Cybersecurity experts at the U.S. Department of Homeland Security have said there is no reason to believe there were problems with Dominion machines or machines from any other company.
“There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised,” the federal agency concluded
Still, the total lack of evidence hasn’t stopped Republicans in Arizona and across the country from alleging malfeasance by Dominion.
For example, Rep. Kelly Townsend, R-Mesa, tweeted, “I want to know who in Arizona benefits from Dominion voter systems.”