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DOMINION VOTING SYSTEMS 101 (2018: Dems were concerned. 2020: “Glitches” and shifting votes, etc.)

Posted by FactReal on November 17, 2020

Years ago liberal politicians and reporters were talking about the security flaws in Dominion election technology. Today, after the 2020 general election, Dominion is known for the “glitches” (that incorrectly transferred 1000s of Trump votes to Biden) and alleged high-tech election fraud. Here is a compilation of reports about Dominion and its flaws.

AP: US election integrity depends on security-challenged firms (10/29/2018)

A trio of companies — ES&S of Omaha, Nebraska; Dominion Voting Systems of Denver and Hart InterCivic of Austin, Texas — sell and service more than 90 percent of the machinery on which votes are cast and results tabulated. Experts say they have long skimped on security in favor of convenience, making it more difficult to detect intrusions

Bloomberg Government (4/1/2019)

Dominion’s first-ever lobbying firm is Brownstein Farber Hyatt & Schreck. Nadeam Elshami, Pelosi’s former chief of staff, is one of the lobbyists on the account.

Democrat Senators’ Letter to Investors of Election Software Companies (12/6/2019) [Report, Report]
In 2019, Democrats raised security concerns about Dominion. They sent letter to the investment company (Staple Street Capital Group) that had invested in Dominion Voting Systems:
The Democrats were: Senators Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, Ron Wyden and Rep. Mark Pocan.

We are writing to request information regarding State Street Capital Group, LLC’s (Staple Street) investment in Dominion Voting System (Dominion) one of three election technology vendors responsible for developing, manufacturing and maintaining the vast majority of voting machines and software in the United States, and to request information about your firm’s structure and finances as it relates to this company. […]

We are particularly concerned that secretive and “trouble-plagued companies,” owned by private equity firms and responsible for manufacturing and maintaining voting machines and other election administration equipment, “have long skimped on security in favor of convenience,” leaving voting systems across the country “prone to security problems.” […]

In the early 2000s, almost twenty vendors competed in the election technology market. Today, three large vendors — Election Systems & Software, Dominion, and Hart InterCivic — collectively provide voting machines and software that facilitate voting for over 90% of all eligible voters in the United States. […]

In 2018 alone “voters in South Carolina [were] reporting machines that switched their votes after they’d inputted them, scanners [were] rejecting paper ballots in Missouri and busted machines [were] causing long lines in Indiana.” In addition, researchers recently uncovered previously undisclosed vulnerabilities in “nearly three dozen backend election systems in 10 states.”

AP: Reliability of pricey new voting machines questioned | Archive (2/23/2020)

Some of the most popular ballot-marking machines, made by industry leaders Election Systems & Software and Dominion Voting Systems, register votes in bar codes that the human eye cannot decipher. That’s a problem, researchers say: Voters could end up with printouts that accurately spell out the names of the candidates they picked, but, because of a hack, the bar codes do not reflect those choices. Because the bar codes are what’s tabulated, voters would never know that their ballots benefited another candidate.


Critics see them as vulnerable to hacking. At last year’s DefCon hacker convention in Las Vegas, it took tinkerers at the ‘Voting Village’ not even eight hours to hack two older ballot-marking devices.

NYT: Georgia Havoc Raises New Doubts on Pricey Voting Machines (By Nick Corasaniti and Stephanie Saul, 6/11/2020)

In Georgia, the system’s purchase was authorized by the State Legislature in 2019 amid heavy lobbying by several vendors, including the winning bidder, Dominion Voting Systems, a Colorado-based company that is one of the nation’s largest suppliers of election systems. […]

Criticisms of the systems are not unique to Dominion’s, but are aimed at the entire class of touch-screen systems known as “new generation ballot-marking devices,” which are produced by several vendors.

In some cases on Tuesday, the new machines required too much extra power for aging polling locations, blowing fuses and never powering on. In others, workers who were still being trained just days before the election struggled with setup. Some polling places never even received the machines until the morning of the election. […]

The electronic poll books, also new, were plagued by freezing software and user error. […]

Georgia records list eight registered lobbyists for Dominion.

One of them is Lewis Abit Massey, a former Georgia secretary of state who once ran for governor. Another, Jared Thomas, once served as chief of staff for Brian Kemp, the current governor.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution: In high-stakes election, Georgia’s voting system vulnerable to cyberattack | Archive (10/23/2020)

And what state officials describe as a feature of the new system actually masks a vulnerability.

Officials tell voters to verify their selections on a paper ballot before feeding it into an optical scanner. But the scanner doesn’t record the text that voters see; rather, it reads an unencrypted quick response, or QR, barcode that is indecipherable to the human eye. Either by tampering with individual voting machines or by infiltrating the state’s central elections server, hackers could systematically alter the barcodes to change votes.

Such a manipulation could not be detected without an audit after the election. Georgia plans to audit just one race on this year’s ballot.

The new voting system “presents serious security vulnerability and operational issues” caused by “fundamental deficits and exposure,” U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg wrote in a recent order, in which she criticized state officials for not taking the problems more seriously.

“These risks,” Totenberg wrote, “are neither hypothetical nor remote under the current circumstances.”

GEORGIA – Spalding County: Voting Machines in Georgia County Back up After ‘Glitch’ (11/3/2020)
MICHIGAN: Dozens of Michigan Counties Used Software That Wrongfully Gave Votes to Democrats (11/6/2020)
MICHIGAN – Antrim County still red after vote tally snafu showed Joe Biden winning it (11/6/2020)
MICHIGAN – Antrim County Flips from Biden to Trump After ‘Glitch’ Fixed (11/6/2020)
MICHIGAN: ‘Glitch’ Caused 6k Michigan Ballots Meant for Republicans to Go to Democrats (11/6/2020)
“Michigan Republican Party chairwoman Laura Cox..said 47 other counties used the same software that experienced this “glitch.”
GEORGIA – Gwinnett County: Another Georgia County Encounters ‘Glitch’ Causing Delay Counting 1000s of Votes (11/7/2020)
GEORGIA – Spalding & Morgan Counties Using Same Software as MICHIGAN Counties Also Encounter ‘Glitch’ (11/7/2020)

Sidney Powell: People with links to powerful Democrats using Dominion voting machines to ‘steal’ votes (11/8/2020)
Powell during a Fox News interview by host Maria Bartiromo said:
– – Nadeam Elshami, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s former chief of staff who last year became a lobbyist for Dominion, and
– – Richard Blum, California Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s husband, who she said is a significant shareholder in the company.

– Sydney Powell with Bartiromo (11/8/2020)

Researchers Question Reliability of Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software (11/8/2020)

Software that incorrectly gave Biden thousands of Michigan votes used in 28 other states (11/9/2020)

Officials raised concerns for years about security of US voting machines, software systems (11/9/2020)
– – Dominion Voting Systems…was rejected three times by data communications experts from the Texas Secretary of State and Attorney General’s Office for failing to meet basic security standards.
– – – Texas Rejection Letter
– – – Texas Analysis of Dominion Flaws (Hat tip)
– – Dominion Voting Systems, a Canadian company headquartered in Denver, is one of three companies primarily used in U.S. elections. The others are Election Systems and Software and Texas based-Hart InterCivic.
– – One subsidiary is Smartmatic
– – SOROS CONNECTION: Smartmatic’s chairman is a member of the British House of Lords, Mark Malloch Brown, a former vice-chairman of George Soros’ Investment Funds, former vice-president at the World Bank, ….

Dominion Vote System That Flipped Trump Votes To Biden Was Flagged As ‘Fragile And Error Prone’ In 2019 [Texas] (11/10/2020)

Dominion Voting Systems Retains Obama ‘Vote Protection Director’ As Lobbyist (11/11/2020)
– – OBAMA CONNECTION: Brian McKeon, a lobbyist for Dominion Voting Systems, was a Voter Protection Director for Obama’s 2012 campaign.[Lobbyist Info]

96% Of Dominion Voting Systems Political Donations Went To Democrats (11/12/2020)

Sidney Powell: Massive Election Fraud with Voting System & Software (11/15/2020)

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