UPDATE 12/16 10:56 AM
The biggest problem with settling what happened with voting machines is that there are so many ways computers can be programmed or hacked, and it’s such a complicated, technical subject, that competing “experts” end up pointing in more directions than economists do.
Here is a head-spinning update on just the last two days’ worth of stories related to Dominion Voting Systems:
First, a data analyst named Russel Ramsland of Allied Security Operations Group released a forensic report claiming that the machines used in Antrim County, Michigan, had a 68% error rate, about 85,000 times more than allowed by federal law, which put ballots into adjudication, where they could be altered without oversight. He claimed it had to be deliberately designed for vote fraud.
Then the fact-checking site LeadStories.com published an article questioning Ramsland’s qualifications and claiming that his report was incorrect and did not prove vote fraud. Also, that the adjudication procedures in Antrim County were not as he described them so the votes couldn't have been altered.
Then on Tuesday, Dominion CEO John Poulos finally appeared before Republicans in a Michigan Senate hearing, where he also rejected Ramsland’s accusations and denied that Dominion flipped votes or had any ties to foreign governments. He called it a “disinformation campaign” and said paper ballots provide a backup to show the votes are accurate, and the problem in Antrim County was that the tabulators hadn’t been updated. The Senators were criticized for seeming unprepared and confused by all the technobabble (join the club!)
So, the machines are trustworthy! That settles it. But wait: another data expert who’s challenging the vote in Georgia called it “blatantly false” for Poulos to say it’s technologically impossible to program the machines to flip ballots in real time and that it hasn’t happened on Dominion machines, because it did in Michigan and Georgia. He said, “Mr. Poulos may be able to fool members of a legislature or the media but he cannot fool Election Integrity advocates who are IT professionals.” (linking to a lengthy excerpt because the original is behind a paywall.)
So will we all have to become data analysts to trust future votes? And how will we ever know the truth about this election and prove it to everyone’s satisfaction with so many people making contradictory claims? I just keep saying this: if the people who claim there’s nothing to this story will stop erasing records and turn the machines over to an impartial forensics team to verify the results, then it will settle it either way, once and for all. Any efforts to prevent that and simply deny that anything was hinky about the election will feed suspicions that will linger for years.
As for future elections, here’s a wild and crazy idea: how about handing people paper ballots after they show their IDs to verify that they’re legally allowed to vote, then having them be counted by human beings with no political affiliations while observers from both parties stand close at hand and aren't ordered out of the building?
I can already hear the objection: “That would take too long to find out who won!” Would it take longer than 44 days? Because that’s how long it’s been since Election Day.
According to the forensics report by Russell Ramsland of Allied Security Operations Group, released Monday in compliance with a court order, crucial security and adjudication logs are missing from the machines. These logs go back years, but –- wait for it –- it’s only the ones from 2020 that are gone. “We must conclude that the 2020 election cycle records have been manually removed,” the report says.
"The adjudication process is the simplest way to manually manipulate votes,” the report explains. “The lack of records prevents any form of audit accountability, and their conspicuous absence is extremely suspicious since the files exist for previous years using the same software.”
What makes this even more suspicious is that the tabulation error rate for this election was a staggering 68.05 percent. Ballots that won’t run through the machine and be counted have to be manually adjudicated, a process where election workers decide how they should be counted. There were so many of these that they couldn’t all have been examined this way. This would explain, or at least partially explain, the very low rejection rates.
The allowable error rate established by Federal Election Commission guidelines is 1 in 250,000 ballots.
As we said, the report states, “This high error rates proves the Dominion Voting System is flawed and does not meet state or federal election laws. Because the intentional high error rate generates large numbers of ballots to be adjudicated by election personnel, we must deduce that bulk adjudication occurred."
But it goes on: "However, because the files and adjudication logs are MISSING [emphasis mine], we have not yet determined where the builk adjudication occurred or who was responsible for it.”
Investigators found that all security logs for the day before Election Day, Election Day itself, and the day after Election Day are GONE. “Security logs are very important to an audit trail, forensics, and for detecting advanced persistent threats and outside attacks, especially on systems with outdated system files,” Ramsland said.
Other server logs are present, so there is no reasonable explanation, he said, for these to be missing. These logs would have given us all of the following: domain controls, authentication failures, error codes, times users logged on and off, network connections, internet connections, times and data transfers. Right now, all this information is, shall we say, unavailable.
This is something it might be nice to be able to ask the good people of Dominion Voting Systems and their contractors about in a, you know, hearing. Preferably under oath. They’ve said repeatedly that their machines are “fully auditable,” and that might be true IF THE LOGS HAVEN’T BEEN REMOVED. But Dominion has not responded to requests from THE EPOCH TIMES for comment.