The head of the Republican Party in the US state of Arizona has posted a disinformation video titled “Dominion Exposed” in which she says that the video “should terrify every single American.” The six minute video expounds a conspiracy theory centered on election machines manufactured by Dominion Voting Systems, which has about 30% of the U.S. voting machine market. Reason magazine describes the theory as follows:
While the reporters and news anchors are getting their information from official sources like city commissioners and election officials at all levels of government, the Dominion conspiracy theory seems to have originated with a false claim made anonymously on a pro-Trump website. It rose quickly through the less trustworthy parts of the right-wing mediasphere until it caught the president’s attention. In an all-caps tweet on Saturday night, Trump highlighted a report from One America News Network (OANN), a right-wing outlet, that claimed voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems had “switched” more than 200,000 votes from Trump to Biden and “deleted” another 900,000 Trump votes.
On November 12, the US Department of Homeland Security issued the following statement:
“The November 3rd election was the most secure in American history. Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result.“When states have close elections, many will recount ballots. All of the states with close results in the 2020 presidential race have paper records of each vote, allowing the ability to go back and count each ballot if necessary. This is an added benefit for security and resilience. This process allows for the identification and correction of any mistakes or errors. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. “Other security measures like pre-election testing, state certification of voting equipment, and the U.S. Election Assistance Commission’s (EAC) certification of voting equipment help to build additional confidence in the voting systems used in 2020. “While we know there are many unfounded claims and opportunities for misinformation about the process of our elections, we can assure you we have the utmost confidence in the security and integrity of our elections, and you should too. When you have questions, turn to elections officials as trusted voices as they administer elections.”
In October, the Global Influence Operations Report (GIOR) posted on an extensive report detailing what it describes as the adoption by US President Trump and his allies of the tactics of information warfare normally associated with authoritarian regimes.
As noted in the GIOR FAQ:
The US is unique among democratic countries at this point in time because it is the only democratic country that is known to have its own government and/or a major political party conducting influence operations directed at its own citizens. This looks likely to continue for the foreseeable future.
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