Baseless Conspiracy Theory Targets Another Election Technology Company

Quick Take

An unfounded conspiracy theory of widespread election fraud claims that an election technology company called Smartmatic switched votes in the 2020 election. But Smartmatic provided ballot-marking machines to only one U.S. county in the election.

Full Story

The Trump campaign’s legal team increasingly has been leaning on conspiracy theories in its effort to blame the president’s reelection defeat on widespread voter fraud, for which there is no evidence.

In court, the team has brought largely unsuccessful lawsuits that lack evidence. In public, they have been spouting unfounded claims and conspiracy theories.

The most recent example is aimed at a company called Smartmatic, which has said it supplied voting equipment to one U.S. county.

Despite Smartmatic’s relatively small share of the U.S. voting apparatus, Rudy Giuliani, President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, and Sidney Powell, who had appeared with the Trump campaign’s legal team until recently, have suggested that it is the source of nationwide fraud.

Powell claimed at a Nov. 19 press conference that Smartmatic had switched votes away from Trump and gave them to President-elect Joe Biden using technology supposedly developed for former Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez, who in 2013. Previously, Powell had advanced a similar conspiracy theory that a secret supercomputer was used to switch votes. We already that one.

Stai leggendo un'anteprima, registrati per continuare a leggere.

Altro da FactCheck.org

FactCheck.org11 min lettiPolitical Ideologies
FactChecking the Electoral College Debate
The process of certifying Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States occurred in the early morning hours of Jan. 7, after being disrupted by rioters and delayed by Republicans who repeated false and misleading claims about the election resu
FactCheck.org5 min lettiPolitics
Perdue’s Shaky Claim of a Nonexistent ‘Investigation’
A TV ad from Republican Sen. David Perdue's campaign claims a supposed "China scandal" involving his challenger, Democrat Jon Ossoff, "keeps getting worse." But it's the distortions of the facts that are getting worse, not any "scandal." The post Per
FactCheck.org10 min lettiPolitics
Timeline of National Guard Deployment to Capitol
On the day of the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the first National Guard members arrived to assist at about 5:40 p.m. Here, we present a timeline about the efforts to deploy those troops. The post Timeline of National Guard Deployment to Capitol appeared f