Dominion Voting Systems tore into Sidney Powell's lawsuit accusing it of a vast conspiracy, calling it 'baseless, senseless, physically impossible'

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  • Dominion Voting Systems, a provider of election infrastructure, responded on Thursday to the pro-Trump lawyer Sidney Powell's accusations that it took part in vote rigging.

  • Powell released two lawsuits on Wednesday alleging "massive election fraud" in Georgia and Michigan.

  • The company is not a defendant in either lawsuit, but its products are mentioned. It responded to dozens of claims made about it in the Georgia suit.

  • In a point-by-point rejoinder, Dominion said Powell was "alleging a bizarre election fraud conspiracy" that would be impossible to carry out.

  • Powell was until recently part of President Donald Trump's legal team. She was unceremoniously dropped after criticism of her outlandish claims.

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Dominion Voting Systems, the company that President Donald Trump's supporters have accused of enabling vast voter fraud in the US, on Thursday released a blistering point-by-point rebuttal to allegations from the attorney Sidney Powell.

Powell on Wednesday published two lawsuits challenging the election results in Georgia and Michigan that accused Dominion of being part of "massive election fraud."

The company is not a defendant in the lawsuits; governors and local election officials are listed. But allegations about it were scattered throughout, with mentions on 30 pages of the 104-page Georgia lawsuit.

The Michigan case has been filed. But as of Friday, Business Insider had not been able to verify the status of the Georgia complaint in federal court.

Dominion Voting Systems described the allegations in the Georgia suit as "baseless, senseless, physically impossible" and said the events that Powell claimed happened "simply did not occur."

It said Powell's document "appears to be a very rough draft" of a lawsuit "alleging a bizarre election fraud conspiracy that — were it possible — would necessarily require the collaboration of thousands of participants."

The company said that the allegations against it led to harassment and death threats to its staff.

Powell's lawsuit — which was peppered with typos — claimed that President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Georgia is fraudulent and should be overturned because of physical and digital vote tampering.

She accused Dominion Voting Systems of being one of two companies "founded by foreign oligarchs and dictators to ensure computerized ballot-stuffing and vote manipulation to whatever level was needed to make certain Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chávez never lost another election."

She claimed that in Georgia, votes for Trump were "switched" to votes for Biden in such a way as to be undetectable.

She also claimed the voting software "was accessed by agents acting on behalf of China and Iran in order to monitor and manipulate elections."

Many of her claims have been independently debunked, according to CNN. None of the allegations has been given credence by a judge.

Dominion Voting Systems said the fact that it was founded in Canada is a matter of public record, and it denied any connection to Venezuela or Chávez.

It also said the manipulation Powell described was not possible — "not on a machine-by-machine basis, not by alleged hacking, not by manipulating software, and not by imagined ways of 'sending' votes to overseas locations."

"But even if it were possible, it would have been discovered in the statewide handcount of votes," it said.

The company's statement addressed many other points.

Biden was certified as the winner in Georgia after an audit that included a hand recount of more than 5 million paper votes. The Trump campaign has nonetheless requested another recount.

Dominion Voting Systems had already issued a lengthy rebuttal to a wide range of theories floated by Powell and others about its role in numerous states' elections.

The company did not immediately respond to Business Insider's questions about whether it planned to write a rebuttal to charges in the Michigan case, which are similar.

Powell was a prominent part of the Trump campaign's legal team, but it disowned her after she made claims similar to those in her lawsuits at a press conference with Rudy Giuliani last week.

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