Dominion sues, says Giuliani 'intentionally distorted' Antrim County facts

Craig Mauger
The Detroit News
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Dominion Voting Systems filed a lawsuit in federal court Monday, alleging former President Donald Trump's attorney Rudy Giuliani had "intentionally misrepresented" facts about the election in northern Michigan's Antrim County.

Antrim County, which is reliably Republican and uses Dominion voting machines, gained the spotlight because its initial results on election night showed President Joe Biden ahead of Trump. Election officials later determined there were problems in the reporting of the results because of human error, and Trump won the county by more than 3,700 votes in the official tally.

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In a new 107-page lawsuit against Giuliani, Dominion noted that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's office said it found no evidence of fraud or foul play in Antrim County.

Former Mayor of New York Rudy Giuliani, a lawyer for President Donald Trump, speaks during a news conference at the Republican National Committee headquarters, Thursday Nov. 19, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

"Intentionally disregarding the announcement from the Secretary of State, Giuliani seized on the mundane reality of the clerk’s human error and intentionally distorted it to fit the false preconceived narrative that Dominion had fixed the election," the company's attorneys wrote.

The voting technology of Dominion Voting Systems is used in the majority of Michigan's 83 counties. The company, which has found itself at the center of conspiracy theories about the Nov. 3 election, sued Giuliani in the United District Court for the District of Columbia. It's seeking $1.3 billion in damages.

On Antrim County, which has about 23,000 residents, Dominion says Giuliani falsely claimed the company's machines flipped 6,000 votes and had a 68% "error rate." In addition, Dominion slammed the "forensic" analysis of voting machines in Antrim County pushed by Trump supporters and Giuliani himself.

Texas resident Russell Ramsland authored the report, claiming there was a "68.05% error rate" in the county's vote. The Dominion lawsuit described Ramsland as "a 'Deep State' conspiracy theorist" who "was determined to promote the false preconceived narrative that the election had been fixed."

"Ramsland’s report on the 'forensic examination' of the Dominion machines in Antrim County contains a staggering number of inaccuracies; obvious misunderstandings of election procedures, hardware, and software; and other indicia of unreliability," Dominion said in the lawsuit.

The claim of a 68% error rate "evidences a fundamental misunderstanding of election software," Dominion added. The sections about Antrim County spanned about 10 pages of the 107-page lawsuit.

In December, an audit of results in Antrim County confirmed the official tallies, adding only 12 votes to Trump's total. Biden won Michigan by 154,000 votes.

On Dec. 15, John Poulos, CEO of Dominion Voting Systems, appeared before the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee. "A series of human errors" is why people are talking about Antrim County, Poulos told lawmakers.

In October, county election officials had to add a contest to three of 18 tabulators, he said. But officials failed to update all of the tabulator memory cards. Officials also forgot to conduct testing on their final system, he said. Then, a programmer took steps to ensure that the original ballots that were created before the contest was added could still be used in tabulators, Poulos said.

"If all of the tabulators had been updated as per procedure, there wouldn’t have been any error in the unofficial reporting," the Dominion CEO said. "If public logic and accuracy testing had taken place, the error would’ve been caught when it should have been caught, prior to the election.

Rudy Giuliani testifies at Michigan legislative hearing on alleged election fraud in Lansing on December 2.

"If steps weren’t specifically taken to salvage the already printed ballots, the system would not have allowed election officials to upload memory cards, and the reporting error never would have occurred."

cmauger@detroitnews.com

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