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Trump's Baseless 2020 Conspiracies Complicate Ohio Effort To Buy Voting Machines

Added 03-03-21 07:07:02am EST - “Trump and his allies' false claims about Dominion Voting Systems are leading elected officials in one Ohio county to slow down an effort to procure new voting equipment.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Trump's Baseless 2020 Conspiracies Complicate Ohio Effort To Buy Voting Machines”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

A poll worker sanitizes a voting machine on Nov. 3, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Conspiracy theories floated by former President Trump about equipment made by Dominion Voting Systems has led local officials in one Ohio County to slow down the purchase of new Dominion machines. Matthew Hatcher/Getty Images hide caption

A poll worker sanitizes a voting machine on Nov. 3, 2020 in Columbus, Ohio. Conspiracy theories floated by former President Trump about equipment made by Dominion Voting Systems has led local officials in one Ohio County to slow down the purchase of new Dominion machines.

A conspiracy theory sown by former President Donald Trump and his allies to cast doubt on his loss last year has trickled down to county-level politics, impeding one Ohio county's ability to purchase new voting equipment ahead of local elections this year.

The theory falsely claims voting machines made by a company called Dominion changed votes to swing the election in favor of now-President Biden. Multiple audits and recounts in states and counties that used the company's equipment confirmed that the machines accurately recorded the vote totals last November.

But those audits and recounts haven't stopped Republican county officials in Stark County, Ohio, home to Canton, from slowing the procurement effort for new machines. Voters in the county twice voted for Barack Obama then twice — by double digits — for Donald Trump.

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