Dominion ballot software under scrutiny, as GOP officials call for investigations

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Many researchers and GOP officials are questioning the reliability of voting machines used by state and local officials in the 2020 presidential election, and concerns have mounted as information surfaces that some of the machines glitched in favor of Democratic candidate Joe Biden.

Although no states have called the election, the main stream media, to include Fox News, has named Biden the presumptive winner of the U.S. Presidential elections. The move to do so has caused significant concerns among the 70 plus million Americans that voted for President Donald Trump in the election.

The use of the machines operated by Dominion Voting Systems, as well as Election Systems, register “votes in bar codes that the human eye cannot decipher,” according to a story written by the  Associated Press in February. The rush to use these machines, as well was, mail-in-ballots (universal ballots) was based on the COVID-19 scare and the rush is criticized by many as it did not afford the states or local officials the time to test and ensure the sanctity of the voting process, analysts and GOP officials contend.

In fact, Dominion Voting System was a huge concern in Texas. After a review of the system Texas rejected it saying the states inspectors encountered “multiple hardware issues.” They also noted that it could not certify it was “safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation.”

Dominion Voting Systems could not be immediately reached for comment but the company disagreed with the decision by the state of Texas and stated that their system was safe to use by voters.

On Nov. 6., Rep. Paul Gosar, R- Arizona, called to urgently “investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software.” He made his statement after reports of glitches in the software in other states, including Michigan.

In Michigan roughly 6,000 votes in one district that were meant for President Donald Trump, were given to former Vice President Joe Biden, the Democratic nominee, whose been named the presumptive President-Elect by main stream media outlets, including Fox News.

“I am calling on @dougducey to call a special session of the AZ Legislature under Article IV of our state constitution to investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software and its impact on our general election,” Gosar said.

“I am calling on @dougducey to call a special session of the AZ Legislature under Article IV of our state constitution to investigate the accuracy and reliability of the Dominion ballot software and its impact on our general election,” Gosar said.

Georgia implemented the Dominion Voting System this year and the Atlanta Journal Constitution warned in October that the system was open to cyber attacks and hacking.

“Georgia’s new electronic voting system is vulnerable to cyberattacks that could undermine public confidence, create chaos at the polls or even manipulate the results on Election Day,” stated the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in October.

In October, despite promises that the system was secure the AJC noted:

Instead, an investigation by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution shows, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s office weakened the system’s defenses, disabling password protections on a key component that controls who is allowed to vote.

The report added that computer scientists, voting-rights activists, U.S. intelligence agencies and a federal judge have continuously warned of security deficiencies in Georgia’s system, but state officials have dismissed their concerns.

Moreover, despite Dominion’s disagreement with the findings the report from AJC noted that the manipulation of the votes could not be detectable until after the election took place, if at all.

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.

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.”

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