Sec. of State John Merrill assures voters, controversial Dominion Voting Machines not certified in Alabama

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Byron Haskins, an Ingham County Board of Canvasser, reviews tabulator tape collected from Ingham County precincts following the Nov. 3rd election, Wednesday afternoon, Nov. 4, 2020, at the Ingham County Fairgrounds Community Building in Mason, Mich., while attorney Nina Beattie, an observer representing the Democratic Party looks on. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

Alabama Secretary of State John Merrill issued a press release today, assuring Alabamians that Dominion Voting Machines are not certified or used in Alabama elections. Dominion Voting Systems has come under scrutiny as President Donald Trump has repeatedly accused the company of using their voting machines to mishandle or swap votes that were supposed to be for him to his opponent, Democrat Joe Biden. Although President Trump has made this accusation numerous times, there is no evidence that this occurred. 

Merrill stated, “The Alabama Electronic Voting Committee, which is made up of representatives from our office and the Attorney General’s office, elected officials, and a Probate Judge, studies and questions all potential vendors and voting machines to ensure that only the most secure and efficient are permitted for use in this state. We involve numerous local, state, and federal agencies to see that no irregular activity occurs and that the ability for every single registered voter in the State of Alabama to participate in the electoral process is protected from foreign and domestic influence.” Merrill continued, “Alabamians should have confidence when heading to the polls, knowing without a doubt that their vote will be counted and their voice will be heard. I am proud to report that the security of elections in Alabama is not in question.”

Dominion Voting Systems has continued to defend themselves, and as recently as today, updated their press release to state that Smartmatic does not own them. According to a New York Times report, Rudy Giuliani supported a discredited theory that the billionaire philanthropist George Soros controls Smartmatic. The company also asserts that the vote switching that independent fact-checkers have debunked Trump claims. 

A joint statement that included the Federal Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) stated, “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.”

The voting machines currently certified for use in the State of Alabama are: Elections Systems and Software (ES&S) M100 Precinct Counter, ES&S DS200, ES&S 450, ES&S DS850, Automark A100, A200, and A300, and ExpressVote 1.0 and 2.0.