Allegations that voting machines made by a company controlled by billionaire businessman George Soros will be used to rig the elections for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have “no basis in reality” according to election voting officials. The allegation, which has been made on a number of right-wing websites including the Daily Caller, was picked up following Wednesday night’s debate by a pro-Trump Reddit board. During that debate Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump refused to say whether he would accept the election results. The following day, he said he would accept the results, “If I win.” Hundreds of Trump supporters on Reddit responded to Trump’s assertion that the elections would be rigged by focusing on the allegedly Soros-owned machines. The voting machines in question are manufactured by Smartmatic, a London-based company which produces voting machines used globally. The tenuous connection to Soros is that Smartmatic Chairman, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, sits on the Global Board of the Open Society Foundation, a network founded by George Soros. However, there is no evidence that Soros has anything to do with Smartmatic, which explicitly denies his involvement.
Smartmatic had not returned a request for comment from BuzzFeed News at the time of this publication, though a secretary who answered the phone in their Florida-based offices said it was “BS.” A statement on the Smartmatic web site states that their technology will not be used in any U.S. county during the 2016 US presidential elections, Soros has no ownership stake, and that the company has “no ties to political parties or groups in any country.”
Nonetheless, at the top of the Reddit board was a list of nearly 1000 US counties in 16 states which commenters claimed were using the Smartmatic machines. The board encouraged Reddit users to call those counties and, “Make it so these people cant do anything the next 2 weeks except for field questions on voting machines and their conflict of interest, unless they make the switch!”
None of those counties, however, appear to use Smartmatic machines. According to the nonpartisan watchdog, Verified Voting, Smartmatic machines aren’t used in the United States.