Sidney Powell files emergency demand to seize all voting machines for forensic audit

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A major lawsuit filed last week by attorney Sidney Powell demands Georgia officials decertify results from the Nov. 3 election due to allegations of “massive election fraud” and “multiple violations” of state laws.

The suit also claims that software utilized by Dominion Voting Systems electronic machines as well as “ballot stuffing” and other illegal actions gave Democratic nominee Joe Biden a lead in the state.

Powell’s suit, filed Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia, also seeks an “emergency declaratory judgment that voting machines be seized and impounded immediately for a forensic audit.”

The suit came as Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified the final results for Biden, who allegedly garnered 49.5 percent of the vote over President Donald Trump’s 49.3 percent, The Associated Press reported. Libertarian nominee Joe Jorgensen garnered 62,138 votes, giving Biden a 12,670-vote advantage, or .25 percent.

On Friday, a hesitant Gov. Brian Kemp certified the state’s 16 electors for Biden, though the AP said he did not do so enthusiastically. Rather, he said state law required him to “formalize the certification, which paves the way for the Trump campaign to pursue other legal options and a separate recount if they choose.”

Kemp has also not voiced his confidence in the integrity of the election in his state as the Trump campaign and other Georgia Republicans have criticized the results as fraudulent.

The governor hasn’t signed on to the Trump campaign’s allegations but he also has not backed fellow Republican Raffensperger, who has claimed the election was fair and secure.

Kemp did say on Friday, though, that a post-election ballot count and audit only examined ballots, not the signatures on absentee ballot applications or absentee ballot envelopes.

“As a former Secretary of State, he is the first to know and confirm that a signature is matched twice prior to an absentee ballot being counted,” Deputy Secretary of State Jordan Fuchs said in a statement.

As for Powell, her lawsuit makes several allegations of outright vote fraud via electronic manipulation, the introduction of fake ballots, and other methods.

“The scheme and artifice to defraud was for the purpose of illegally and fraudulently manipulating the vote count to make certain the election of Joe Biden as President of the United States,” says the lawsuit.

“The fraud was executed by many means, but the most fundamentally troubling, insidious, and egregious is the systemic adaptation of old-fashioned ‘ballot-stuffing.’ It has now been amplified and rendered virtually invisible by computer software created and run by domestic and foreign actors for that very purpose.”

Continuing, the suit alleged, “There is incontrovertible physical evidence that the standards of physical security of the voting machines and the software were breached, and machines were connected to the internet in violation of professional standards and state and federal laws.

“The massive fraud begins with the election software and hardware from Dominion Voting Systems Corporation (‘Dominion’) only recently purchased and rushed into use by Defendants Governor Brian Kemp, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, and the Georgia Board of Elections,” the suit adds.

“Sequoia voting machines were used in 16 states and the District of Colombia in 2006. Smartmatic, which has revenue of about $100 million, focuses on Venezuela and other markets outside the U.S,” it continued.

In an interview with Fox News last week, Dominion spokesperson Michael Steel denied that machines manipulated votes, calling it “physically impossible.”

Ahead of her filing on Wednesday, Powell posted an open letter to Raffensperger announcing her suit and accusing state officials of refusing “to perform a real audit” the ballots.

Thus far, most lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign and others challenging election results in several battleground states have been dismissed. But on Friday, a group of GOP state lawmakers in Pennsylvania unveiled a resolution ultimately aimed at directing electors to cast ballots for President Trump instead of Biden.

It’s not clear if that effort will be successful, however.

Jon Dougherty

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