Dominion Voting Systems: A Glitch in the System

Dominion Voting Systems

Dominion Voting Systems

Dominion Voting Systems and KnowInk are two of the companies whose technology is being used in the states currently being questioned. Who are these people? Here’s the breakdown of who they are and what is happening.

This archived page shows their board. They don’t list themselves on their current site.

Backbone Magazine had ranked Dominion Voting Systems as number two in 2009’s Deloitte Technology Fast 50 (Canada’s fastest growing tech companies). For some reason, this article is only available on archives, I wonder why that would be?

Dominion Voting Systems was recently acquired by its management team and Staple Street Capital.

If you look into Steve Owens, he deals in insider trading with Six Flags, along with 29 members of the Six Flags board of directors. I don’t want to speculate on the legitimacy of his actions, but it doesn’t make the higher up in Dominion Voting Systems look very good.

Also not looking good for Dominion is in 2016 they were looking for developers in The US, Canada, and, surprisingly, Serbia. What would a North American company that handles US Presidential Elections be doing looking for their Software Developer positions specifically only in Belgrade, Serbia up to a month before the 2016 election?

“Like many of America’s largest technology companies — which develop some of the software for their products in places like Asia, India, Ireland and the Mideast — some of our software development is undertaken outside the U.S. and Canada, specifically, in Serbia, where we have conducted operations for 10 years,” said firm spokesman Chris Riggall, in an email with ComputerWorld.

“First, all of our software is developed in-house by DVS employees and this work is not outsourced to third parties. Second, we rigorously pre-screen all new hires to identify any potential security concerns among any personnel involved in product development. Third, we conduct extensive internal testing of all new software to evaluate the functionality, accuracy and security of the code designed for our systems,” said Riggall.

This statement did not put everyone’s mind at ease. Suzanne Mello-Stark, a forensic computer scientist at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with a focus on voting machines, wants software and hardware transparency in voting systems. Mello-Stark voiced her concern, “the systems are proprietary and we don’t know what the code looks like.”

The Brennan Center For Justice wrote this letter to John Poulos, President and CEO of Dominion Voting Systems, in 2010 in regards to their failures in the voting systems.

A FOX News affiliate wrote an article in October regarding the brand new voting system that has recently been installed in the entire state of Georgia being implemented in Liberal Santa Barbara, San Luis Obispo, and Ventura counties:

The San Francisco elections page describes on their site what this new way of voting entails:

In Oakland County, Michigan, there was a computer glitch that led to a complete flip-flop of the Oakland County Commissioner win to Republican Adam Kochenderfer.

According to the GOP chairwoman in Michigan, 47 counties use this software. She announced in a press conference that Antrim County, MI had to count every ballot by hand to uncover 6,000 miscounted votes. This is not just a 6,000 vote difference, it is a 12,000 vote difference because you are taking away 6,000 from Biden’s votes while adding 6,000 to Trump’s votes. The GOP chairwoman encouraged the additional 47 counties to do the same and hand count the ballots.

According to Politico, “a technology glitch that halted voting in two Georgia counties on Tuesday morning was caused by a vendor uploading an update to their election machines the night before, a county election supervisor said.”

Apparently, “voters were unable to cast machine ballots for a couple of hours in Morgan and Spalding counties after the electronic devices crashed,” state officials said. Superior Court Judge W. Fletcher Sams extended voting until 11 p.m.

Counties use voting machines made by Dominion Voting Systems and electronic poll books made by KnowInk, a computer company out of St. Louis, Missouri, to sign in.

KnowInk seems to be a partisan company, with their Facebook page’s latest post being “Happy Juneteenth.”

Both companies “uploaded something last night, which is not normal, and it caused a glitch,” said Marcia Ridley, elections supervisor at Spalding County Board of Election. That glitch is what prevented pollworkers from using the pollbooks to program smart cards. The voters need to be able to insert into the voting machines in order to vote.

Ridley told Politico a “representative from the two companies called her after poll workers began having problems with the equipment Tuesday morning and said the problem was due to an upload to the machines by one of their technicians overnight.

“That is something that they don’t ever do. I’ve never seen them update anything the day before the election,” Ridley said. Ridley said she did not know what the upload contained.”

KnowInk

Who is KnowInk? Well, KnowInk’s Facebook page only has 599 likes, which is odd for a company used in the National Presidential Election. As I previously mentioned, their latest post is a suddenly trendy, “happy Juneteenth” post. Their Facebook page also says they’re from St. Louis, MO.

KnowInk’s website shows that they are utilized in nearly all swing states, matching states Dominion Voting Systems is used.

Politico wrote about KnowInk as an “election security hole that everyone ignores” saying,

“Federal lawmakers such as Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) have questioned electronic pollbook makers about the security of their products and networks. E-pollbooks and the companies that make them have gone too long without oversight, Wyden told POLITICO in an email.

“Electronic pollbooks have failed, repeatedly, in elections across the country and are clearly one of the weakest links in our election infrastructure,” he wrote.

Introduced more than a decade ago to replace printed pollbooks, the devices were used by election offices in 36 states in the 2018 elections, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures, which said the number of jurisdictions using them had risen 48 percent since 2016. Jurisdictions using the devices accounted for about half of all registered voters four years ago, according to the National Academy of Sciences. They are especially common in densely populated urban areas.

The Brennan Center for Justice, which has been involved in improving election administration for more than a decade, calls electronic pollbooks an “overlooked vulnerability.”

“Anecdotally, when you dig into problems that happen at polling places, more often than not it’s the electronic pollbooks rather than the voting machines” that cause issues, said Larry Norden, director of the center’s Election Reform Program. “I’ve spoken with a lot of election officials who are frustrated that there are no [national] standards for pollbooks and no testing.””

Politico was obviously extremely concerned about the potential to hack this system and others:

“The devices often communicate wirelessly with each other and with backend voter registration databases, offering a potential pathway for hackers who get onto that wireless network to delete or alter voter records — to indicate falsely, for example, that someone has already voted. Hackers could further use the wireless connection to breach the backend databases and other systems connected to them.”

Politico

“Hackers could also manipulate voting machines via pollbooks in jurisdictions where those devices tell electronic voting machines which ballot to display. A hacker could potentially cause an e-pollbook to embed malicious commands in the voter access card, barcode or QR code that some of those devices use to convey instructions to the voting machines, according to Harri Hursti, a security expert and an organizer of the Voting Machine Hacking Village at the annual Def Con security conference.”

Politico

Apparently, the Left only opposes voter fraud until they are benefiting from it because in the 2016 election, ComputerWorld was concerned about the potential for hacking in an electronic election as well saying, “computer scientists and security experts are worried. They are concerned that electronic voting machines, voter tabulation and registration systems will be hacked. If an attack causes a polling place backup and some voters to leave and go home, the vote is reduced. This may be as effective as voting-machine tampering in affecting the outcome. It may also undermine confidence in the results. Pennsylvania is attracting the most concern. It is a swing state and many counties use touch-screen systems that do not use a paper ballot or produce a paper record — for the voter to inspect — of the voter’s intent.”

Solution

The only solution to this that I can think of is completely manual voting and completely manual counting of ballots with complete transparency to both parties’ watchers. Part of the problem is obviously the lack of transparency in the way ballots are being counted, like the reason for President Donald Trump’s lawsuit in Pennsylvania.

Another factor is the security and vetting that needs to take place at all ballot counting centers. There was a video from lawyers in Michigan who filmed people freely going in and out of the convention center in Detroit with giant igloo coolers, suitcases, and even a Radio Flyer red wagon. One could only speculate as to what is in them, but the fact is- they were not vetted at all. The two who appeared to be security guards were just used as doorstops. People need to be vetted and limited to what they can bring into the counting center. There is literally zero reasons I can think of to bring an thigh tall, rolling igloo cooler into the center.

They need to allow an equal amount of people from both sides of the party to be ballot counter watchers, poll watchers, and ballot counters. They should not be denying Republicans access to seeing the ballots being counted. These people need to be held accountable for their attempt at silencing the voices of We The People. The integrity of our election is at stake, and honest people have no reason to deny transparency like the Democrat party is trying to do.

Here are the links to the threads. This guy, Ron, is a former admin of 8kun, and left recently explaining, “extensive battles have been fought tooth and nail during a self-imposed civic duty protecting the final fortifications of online free speech, guardedly navigating these tumultuous times”. People have been sending him info and he began exploring Dominion Voting Systems:
https://twitter.com/CodeMonkeyZ/status/1326715838850764802?s=20
https://twitter.com/CodeMonkeyZ/status/1326719783262302208?s=20

Published by BionicBacon

I am a patriotic mother who has a passion for researching and a knack for writing. Usually judged by my pink hair and hippie lifestyle; people automatically assume I am a Liberal, but that couldn’t be further from reality. I’m a pragmatic Constitutional Conservative, and find my information from both sides of the aisle in order to get to the facts.

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