Computer-based Election Fraud

Computer-based Election Fraud

DORAL, FL - AUGUST 08:  Daisy Capote, a Miami-Dade election support specialists, checks voting machines for accuracy at the Miami-Dade Election Department headquarters on August 8, 2018 in Doral, Florida.  The test includes setting up the equipment for transmitting and tabulating results. It is just one of several measures that are taken by Miami-Dade election department during the preparation for an election to ensure that voting equipment is ready for use.  (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Ever since concerns over Diebold voting systems in the 2000 and 2004 presidential elections, the use of computerized voting systems has been highly controversial.  The 2006 documentary Hacking Democracy demonstrated multiple means by which Diebold voting systems could be hacked to manipulate their results.

In 2009, Diebold Election Systems was bought by Dominion Voting Systems.  Dominion voting machines operated in 28 states during the 2020 presidential election, yet have many of the same critical flaws as their predecessors.  One prominent computer scientist has stated that hackers adding code to the voting software could modify voters’ choices, or fill in bubbles that they left empty. This same computer scientist has mentioned that he could hack certain Dominion machines in less than 10 minutes.  Dominion Voting Systems have also been rejected three times by the state of Texas for failing the state’s security standards.

Lawyer Sydney Powell has alleged in a lawsuit that the election results of the state of Georgia in the 2020 election should be thrown out in large part because of the use of Dominion systems, which she says are “certainly compromised by rogue actors, such as Iran and China,” and whose use leads to not only electronic security risks, but also risks of human tampering, such as the fact that there are no security procedures in place for when vote tallies are copied onto USBs. A poll clerk in Antrim County, Michigan, mistakenly uploaded 6,000 Trump votes as Biden votes as a result of human error when working with such electronic systems.  In an affidavit on the Powell lawsuit, cybersecurity expert Dr. Navid Keshavarz-Nia, stated that the U.S. Intelligence community had developed tools to manipulate Dominion vote tallies in foreign elections, that these tools were now in the use of various foreign actors, and that Dominion itself had collaborated with foreign governments, such as the Venezuelan government, to manipulate vote tallies through its own software.  In summary, Dr. Keshavarz-Nia believed that voting irregularities in regions using Dominion systems pointed to hundreds of thousands of votes in key swing states being shifted through electronic means from Donald Trump to Joe Biden. 

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Further Analysis

  • History of Concerns With Voting Systems

    In 2019, Democrats were strong advocates for election integrity. They did extensive investigations and attempted to pass measures to prevent election fraud.

  • Dominion Voting Systems' Potential Ties with China

    Dominion Voting Systems has hardware made in China and its core infrastructure manager has a Chinese military background. Its parent company acquired approximately $400 million from China on Oct. 8, 2020.

  • Security Vulnerabilities of Voting Machines

    According to an AP News article published in 2018, private equity firms 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.”

  • Voting Machines Switch Votes

    During the 2020 election, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said at a press conference on Nov. 6 that “in Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing a 6,000 vote swing against our candidates.

References

  • MSN: Democratic senators warned of potential 'vote switching' by Dominion voting machines prior to 2020 election
  • Wall Street Journal: Why a Data-Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
  • The Epoch Times: Dominion Software Intentionally Designed to Influence Election Results: Forensics Report
  • Allied Security: Antrim Michigan Forensics Report