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Earlier this year we reported about an appeal made to a federal judge to release a report that suggests there may be some flaws in the equipment used by Dominion Voting Systems in Georgia, despite its secrecy.
“The public deserves to know the context of J. Alex Halderman’s claims and his testimony regarding the 2020 election,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said when he called for the document to be released, according to the Washington Examiner.
“Georgia voters face an extreme risk that [ballot marking device]-based attacks could manipulate their individual votes and alter election outcomes,” said Halderman, a computer science professor at the University of Michigan, in a report last year, according to the Daily Beast.
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution stated in its reporting that a report presented last year discussed how one could hack the system to change votes, but did not mention whether or not this was ever accomplished.
According to Halderman, malicious software could be installed on voting touchscreens to change votes between candidates by installing malicious software. He said that QR codes used by scanners could also be used to alter votes, but he did not indicate whether this had actually happened.
A lawsuit seeking to alter Georgia’s voting system was behind the report. Furthermore, it adds to the broader discussion of possible election fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
So far, no evidence or documentation has been produced to prove the machines in 2020 were tampered with. Following multiple allegations of election fraud, Dominion has fought back, filing lawsuits against those who claimed its machines were tainted.
A redacted version of the report may be released by U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg, who told the Journal-Constitution that the report is becoming a “political football.”
“I’m unhappy with the political treatment of the report,” Totenberg said at the time. “The entire purpose of having hearings was to maximize transparency but at the same time trying to be mindful of the risks involved of disclosure.”
“I don’t want to have somebody saying, ‘We would have released the full report but for Judge Totenberg,’” she added.
The Journal-Constitution reported that Totenberg requested Georgia election officials and plaintiffs suing over election security submit details by February 2nd detailing how they believe the report should be released.
“I want people to understand the general concerns … without giving anyone a road map to hacking or intruding on the system or manipulating it.”
Fast forward to today. New Mexico auditors discovered a few material issues this week during their work. Voting machines can fill out ballots, which is one of the things that has been learned. It puts the knowledge gathered previously into perspective.
Audit teams in New Mexico found this past week that voting systems could be used for filling out ballots in the counties under review. Officials in Otero County, New Mexico, were informed of this at the presentation. Earlier today, it was revealed that a New York state investigation previously had identified malicious code that could do this.
Additionally, other problems within the voting systems have been identified. Dominion’s website states that its election system allows for the printing of ballots.
A description of the feature is available in the Dominion Voting Systems manual on page 30:
4. Alternatively, if allowed by your jurisdiction, use the Automated Test Deck application. This application, available from Dominion Voting, can automatically generate the appropriate test decks and expected results totals.
According to the Georgian government’s website, the state chose the “Automated Test Desk” option. For more information, refer to page 59 of this procurement document.
Automated Test Deck Creation – The creation of automated, comprehensive test decks is an optional service provided by Dominion to assist customers in conducting Logic & Accuracy testing. Using the Election Day database, a series of pre-marked ballots are generated based on a computer algorithm designed to provide the highest assurance of system accuracy. When scanned these decks create known outcomes that can be compared with tabulated results. The elimination of error due to mistakes in hand-marking provides a higher degree of
confidence in test results.”
The more investigations that are done and the more information that is uncovered on the voting machines and voting systems used in the 2020 election, the more evidence suggests that they shouldn’t have been utilized. When voters use a voting system that has the capability of creating ballots and filling them out, how secure is it against malfeasance?
As we reported yesterday, conservative legislatures are working hard to close each and every loophole to prevent another stolen election season in November. Potential ways in which unfriendly actors could skew the results of elections taking place in November.
Missouri is the latest state to stabilize its elections using straightforward guidelines.
The Missouri Independent reported:
The Missouri Senate passed a wide-ranging elections bill Monday that would enact a photo ID requirement to vote as well as create a window to cast an absentee ballot without an excuse.