In the wake of election fraud and voter irregularity claims from multiple GOP lawmakers as well as the Trump campaign, Dominion Voting Systems and Smartmatic have both issued letters alleging defamation.
Dominion has issued a letter to Sidney Powell demanding that she retract her "wild, knowingly baseless, and false accusations about Dominion."
The letter states "Given the sheer volume and ever-expanding set of lies that you have told and are continuing to tell about Dominion as part of your multi-media disinformation 'Kraken' fundraising campaign, it would be impractical to address ever one of your falsehoods in this letter.
"Without conceding the truth of any of your claims about Dominion, we write to demand that you retract your most serious false accusations, which have put Dominion's employees' lives at risk and caused enormous harm to the company."
The letter went on to attack Powell's pervasive allegations that Dominion voting software was "created in Venezuela for the purpose of rigging elections for the now-deceased Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez," as well as her claims that Dominion paid "kickbacks to Georgia officials in return for a 'no-bid' contract to use Dominion systems in the 2020 election."
Additionally, Dominion said that Powell's concerns that Dominion had "rigged the 2020" general presidential election were also unfounded. Dominion repeated the Supreme Court's statements from a 1974 case that "there is no constitutional value in false statements of fact."
Voting technology company Smartmatic issued their own legal notices and retraction demands, but they were addressed to media companies Fox News, OAN and Newsmax, claiming that the networks defamed them in claims made about election fraud.
Smartmatic issued a statement regarding the letters they sent to the three networks, saying that each network made "dozens of factually inaccurate statements" in a disinformation campaign to attack Smartmatic and "discredit" the results of the 2020 election.
The statement reads, "According to Smartmatic's demand letters, these organizations could have easily discovered the falsity of the statements and implications made about Smartmatic by investigating their statements before publishing them to millions of viewers and readers."
"Smartmatic had nothing to do with the "controversies" that certain public and private figures have alleged regarding the 2020 US election. Multiple fact-checkers have consistently debunked these false statements with stunning consistency and regularity," it continued.
CEO of Smartmatic Antonio Mugica said that their is no evidence against the integrity of Smartmatic's operation.
"They have no evidence to support their attacks on Smartmatic because there is no evidence. This campaign was designed to defame Smartmatic and undermine legitimately conducted elections," Mugica said.
"Our efforts are more than just about Smartmatic or any other company. This campaign is an attack on election systems and election workers in an effort to depress confidence in future elections and potentially counter the will of the voters, not just here, but in democracies around the world," he continued.
In the letters, Smartmatic informed the networks that it is reserving its right to pursue defamation and disparagement claims if the alleged false claims made are not corrected.
On Smartmatic's website, the company refers to itself as the global leader in "secure, accessible, transparent election technology & support services."