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Recent stories about electronic voting machines don’t exactly inspire confidence.

We start in Georgia where a handcount in a county Democratic primary showed the machines were off by thousands of votes.  The third-place candidate noticed the machines showed zero votes for her in most precincts.  The hand recount showed this candidate, supposedly in third place, had actually received the most votes.  The Secretary of State’s office admitted making programming mistakes that affected the machine results.  How do you mess up so badly your machines can’t even count and are off by thousands of votes?  And why should we have to rely on candidates – maybe if they’re lucky – finding mistakes in order to get accurate results in our elections?  You might recall voting machines showed Biden with a 3,000 vote lead in Antrim County, Michigan in the 2020 election, but a hand recount showed Trump had actually carried the county by 3,700 votes, a machine-induced discrepancy of nearly 7,000 votes.   There are also reports that machines in Georgia this year awarded votes to a candidate who was not even on the ballot in one race and showed zero votes for a candidate who actually got nearly half the votes in another race.  Like I said, electronic voting machines do not exactly inspire confidence.

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A county commission in New Mexico had so little confidence in their machines they just voted to get rid of them before the next election.  An audit in New Mexico had found that Dominion Voting machines could fill in ballots all by themselves.  The same thing was found in New York.  A Dominion executive was caught on video in 2020 explaining to elections officials how to alter votes with Dominion machines and, further, that the machines cannot tell fake ballots from real ballots.  Don’t forget:  the first court-ordered forensic examination of a Dominion Voting machine in Antrim County, Michigan showed the machine deliberately created a 68 percent error rate right off the bat election officials could then fill in any way they want.  Feeling confident yet?

You shouldn’t.  A federal cybersecurity agency found nine vulnerabilities with Dominion voting machines allowing hackers to enter and install malicious code.  While the agency said it had no evidence this has actually occurred in any election, it did find that, once the code was inserted in one machine, it could spread to all the machines in a jurisdiction.

There are federal standards electronic voting machines are supposed to meet but, according to one analysis, not a single voting system testing lab was accredited for the 2020 election and only two are accredited today.  The logical conclusion is most places have no idea whether their machines meet federal standards or not.

Then these manufacturers have the nerve to claim their machines are proprietary and can’t be opened up for inspection.  Elections are the public’s business, but it takes a court order to get inside these machines.  The black box lack of transparency alone is reason enough not to trust these machines, especially when it’s not disputed the same technology has been used to steal elections in Venezuela.

In French presidential elections, voters cast paper ballots that are counted by hand.  There’s no possibility machines will all magically stop counting in key places in the middle of the night with the results the next morning the opposite of what they had been the night before.  It’s hard to argue with counting paper ballots by hand instead of machine.  It’s looking like that’s what it will take to restore confidence in our elections in this country.

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