Pennsylvania lawmakers held a press conference today after Dominion Voting Systems refused to appear before a government oversight committee hearing. They had agreed to the meeting, but lawyered up on Thursday night.
Dominion Voting Systems were used in 14 Pennsylvania counties and represents 1.3 million people who voted in the 2020 general election – or 19 percent of the total vote. Dominion Voting Systems has received millions in taxpayer dollars to provide voting systems in Pennsylvania.
Representative Seth Grove said he would have rather been conducting a policy hearing, but Dominion backed out.
“Members of the state government committee were looking forward to publicly addressing the plethora of accusations of Dominion Voting Systems,” Grove said.
Dominion had agreed to the hearing but backed out after lawyering up on Thursday night.
“I was impressed at what appeared to be the willingness of Dominion Voting Systems to address accusations and it would’ve put 1.3 million Pennsylvanians who used their machines at east, including myself,” Grove said. “Thinking Dominion was willing to publicly back up their product, which Pennsylvania taxpayers invested millions to purchase and voters entrusted with their sacred was truly remarkable. I truly felt Pennsylvania and the nation could get some answers into the truth of effectiveness into Dominion Voting Systems.”
Dominion Voting Systems backed out of the commitment.
“Instead of running towards the light of honesty and integrity, Dominion Voting Systems retreated to the darkness,” Grove said. “Why? Why would a vendor of public goods fear discussing their product sold to the public for the public good?”
Grove speculated that if the products operated successfully then why would Dominion not say they worked exactly as promised and are 100 percent accurate.
“If they have nothing to hide, why are they hiding from us,” he said. “Today, I am saddened to report to the taxpayers of Pennsylvania and the 1.3 million voters who trusted Dominion Voting Systems with their ballots, Dominion Voting Systems has hung you out to dry and slapped you in your face.”
Instead, Pennsylvanians are more skeptical of the actions of Dominion Voting Systems. And the accusations against Dominion have more credibility due to the company’s silence.
Rep. Dawn Keefer went through the questions the committee was hoping to have answered.
“Blind trust is just simply not acceptable,” Keefer said. “To say we’re disappointed by Dominion’s last-minute cancellation is an understatement. We have a duty as those constitutionally charged with the facilitation of elections in the state, and it’s imperative that we demonstrate that our electoral process and our system was fair, was free and was equitable. And unfortunately, without having these questions answered, we can’t give voters the confidence that they’re looking for.”
Grove said it is unfortunate that Pennsylvanians walk away more skeptical when concerns could’ve been put at ease.
He added that “it’s not going to change the outcome, but we need to know what happened.”