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On June 11, a week after Puerto Rico’s primary election, the elections commission reported issues with Dominion Voting Systems, renewing concerns over election integrity. Hundreds of errors were noted by the commission just months before the United States’ presidential election, where 40% of Americans are expected to use Dominion machines.

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According to the elections commission, Dominion voting machines produced inaccurate vote totals due to a “software issue.” These errors were seen in both gubernatorial and mayoral races. The machine-counted votes were lower than the paper ballot counts. Some machines reversed vote totals while others reported zero votes for certain candidates. The commission is reviewing its contract with Dominion, which ends this month, following these discrepancies.

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Over 6,000 Dominion machines were used in the primary election and hundreds were audited after the reported software error.

Despite the errors, no official or politician is contesting the results, affirming their legitimacy. However, the vice president of Puerto Rico’s House of Representatives has called on the election commission’s president to address these issues publicly.

Additionally, prominent figures like Elon Musk and U.S. presidential candidate Robert F. Kennedy Jr. have expressed concerns. Kennedy tweeted about the need for paper ballots to avoid electronic interference, a sentiment Musk echoed, warning of the hacking risks associated with electronic voting machines.

Following the 2020 presidential election, Dominion was involved in high-profile defamation lawsuits against Fox News, Newsmax, Rudy Giuliani, Sidney Powell and others. The company said on its website that misinformation has severely damaged its reputation and the credibility of U.S. elections. Dominion continues to seek redress through the judicial system, as detailed on its website.

Public opinion on election security is divided along political lines. A recent poll from the University of South Florida shows 54% of Republicans have low confidence in the fairness of this year’s elections, while 90% of Democrats report having “some” or “a lot” of confidence

As the U.S. presidential election approaches, the integrity and reliability of voting systems remain a crucial issue, with ongoing debates about the best methods to ensure fair and secure elections.

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[KARAH RUCKER]

AN ISSUE WITH DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS – REPORTED BY PUERTO RICO’S ELECTION COMMISSION – HAS RENEWED CONCERNS OVER ELECTION INTEGRITY AFTER HUNDREDS OF ERRORS WERE REPORTED.

THIS COMES JUST MONTHS BEFORE THE UNITED STATES’ PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION –

WHERE 40 PERCENT OF AMERICANS WILL USE DOMINION VOTING MACHINES TO CAST THEIR VOTE – ACCORDING TO DOMINION’S WEBSITE.

HERE’S WHAT HAPPENED IN PUERTO RICO ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION COMMISSION –

DOMINION VOTING MACHINES SPIT OUT INACCURATE VOTE TOTALS DUE TO A “SOFTWARE ISSUE”.

THE ERRORS WERE SEEN IN THE TERRITORY’S GUBERNATORIAL AND MAYORAL RACES.

THE VOTE COUNTS THAT THE MACHINES COUNTED – WERE **LOWER THAN THE PAPER BALLOTS COUNTED.

 SOME MACHINES REVERSED CERTAIN VOTE TOTALS –

OR IN SOME CASES – REPORTED “ZERO VOTES” FOR SOME CANDIDATES.

THAT’S ACCORDING TO THE ELECTION COMMISSION’S REVIEW.

PUERTO RICO’S CURRENT CONTRACT WITH DOMINION IS UP AT THE END OF THE MONTH – THE ELECTION COMMISSION SAYS IT IS REVIEWING THAT CONTRACT FOLLOWING THE DISCREPANCIES FOUND IN ITS PRIMARY ELECTION RESULTS.

THERE WERE MORE THAN SIX THOUSAND DOMINION MACHINES USED IN LAST WEEK’S ELECTION.

HUNDREDS OF THEM WERE SAID TO BE VETTED IN AN AUDIT FOLLOWING NEWS OF THE REPORTED “SOFTWARE GLITCH”.

NO OFFICIAL OR POLITICIAN IS CONTESTING THE RESULTS –saying the results were legitimate.

BUT THERE IS CRITICISM COMING FROM THE VICE PRESIDENT OF PUERTO RICO’S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES – CALLING ON THE ELECTION COMMISSION’S PRESIDENT TO APPEAR AT A HEARING TO ADDRESS THE ISSUES PUBLICLY.

ALSO RAISING CONCERNS – ELON MUSK.

AND A U.S. PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE – VOWING TO REQUIRE PAPER BALLOTS IF ELECTED.

ROBERT F KENNEDY JUNIOR POSTED ON X –

“PUERTO RICO’S PRIMARY ELECTIONS JUST EXPERIENCED HUNDREDS OF VOTING IRREGULARITIES –

CITIZENS NEED TO KNOW THAT EVERY ONE OF THEIR VOTES WERE COUNTED, AND THAT THEIR ELECTIONS CANNOT BE HACKED. WE NEED TO RETURN TO PAPER BALLOTS TO AVOID ELECTRONIC INTERFERENCE WITH ELECTIONS.

MY ADMINISTRATION WILL REQUIRE PAPER BALLOTS AND WE WILL GUARANTEE HONEST AND FAIR ELECTIONS.”

ELON MUSK RESPONDED TO RFK JUNIOR’S POST –

SAYING “WE SHOULD ELIMINATE ELECTRONIC VOTING MACHINES. THE RISK OF BEING HACKED BY HUMANS OR AI, WHILE SMALL, IS STILL TOO HIGH.

THAT POST – GETTING NEARLY 100 MILLION VIEWS ON X.

FOLLOWING THE 2020 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION –

IT WAS DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS AT THE CENTER OF SOME HIGH-PROFILE

LAWSUITS –

THE COMPANY SUING FOX NEWS, NEWSMAX, RUDY GIULLIANI, SIDNEY POWELL, AND SEVERAL OTHERS FOR DEFAMATION.

DOMINION HAS AN ENTIRE SECTION OF THEIR WEBSITE DEDICATED TO ITS “LEGAL UPDATES.”

SAYING “LIES AND MISINFORMATION HAVE SEVERELY DAMAGED OUR COMPANY AND DIMINISHED THE CREDIBILITY OF U.S. ELECTIONS. DOMINION IS TAKING STEPS TO RIGHT THESE WRONGS THROUGH OUR JUDICIAL SYSTEM.

HOW AMERICANS FEEL ABOUT ELECTION SECURITY?

REALLY DEPENDS ON THEIR POLITICS.

POLL AFTER POLL SHOWS THE MAJORITY OF REPUBLICANS HAVE THE MOST HESITANCY.

THE LATEST NATIONAL POLL ON THE TOPIC COMING FROM UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH FLORIDA – SHOWS THAT TREND CONTINUING AHEAD OF NOVEMBER.

THE POLL FOUND 54 PERCENT OF REPUBLICANS HAVE LOW CONFIDENCE IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTION BEING CONDUCTED FAIRLY

WHILE 90 PERCENT OF DEMOCRATS HAVE “SOME” OR “A LOT” OF CONFIDENCE IN THIS YEAR’S ELECTION.