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The capabilities or lack thereof of Dominion Voting Systems, the company that some pro-Trump attorneys have claimed switched votes in the 2020 presidential election, have come into question due to a Georgia poll worker’s testimony.
Speaking before the Georgia Senate Judiciary subcommittee last Thursday, 20-year election worker Susan Voyles claimed Dominion tech specialists had “operated remotely” on her and her teams’ ballot-marking devices and poll pads after the team had allegedly experienced some technical glitches and problems.
The problem is that her testimony seemed to contradict prior claims made to the media by Dominion reps.
During an appearance on Fox News late last month, Dominion rep Michael Steel claimed that poll workers aren’t connected to the Internet.
“When asked if a poll worker could use a USB thumb drive to add votes for a candidate, Steel said that the vote tabulators do not have such access. He also said they are not connected to the internet,” Fox News reported at the time.
“It’s not physically possible to do what they’re describing,” he bluntly said in his own words.
— Bo Snerdley (@BoSnerdley) November 23, 2020
Yet Voyles testified to the Georgia Senate Judiciary subcommittee last Thursday how she and her team were able to obtain remote technical assistance from Dominion just as one would do for their phone or computer.
“The best way I can explain it to you, when something happens with my phone — I have an iPhone — or something happens with my Apple computer where I need additional assistance with that, I call up Apple, and I say this is what’s happening,” she explained.
“And they say do I have permission to take over your computer, and of course I give them the permission to do that because I want them fixed. That’s the exact same thing. I had to give them permission to take over my poll pad so that they could reprogram it.”
She added that this method of remote tech support was used to fix both the team’s poll pads and ballot-marking devices.
“We also had with our ballot-marking devices at the same time because of whatever was going wrong, and we could not encode the cards. They fixed those machines, the ballot-marking devices, at the same time. … They operated remotely on both the ballot-marking device and on the poll pads,” she said.
Listen to her testimony from the 2:09:07 mark below:
Voyles’ testimony appears to contradict claims by Dominion but does coincide with claims made by others who’ve also testified about potential voter fraud and impropriety in the 2020 race.
Testifying before Arizona legislators on Nov. 30th, cyber-security expert Col. Phil Waldron said that Dominion machines are connected to the Internet and that the user manuals for their machines explicitly show users how to connect.
“The Dominion suite user manual is about an inch and a half thick. My team went back through the user manual and looked at all the instances where in the user’s manual it tells operators to connect the ethernet cords to the router, and it is—the systems are connected to the internet,” he reportedly said.
“Our teams looked at spirographs on the Dominion network on Election Day and showed the increased web traffic, internet traffic on Election Day for Dominion servers. In a nutshell, these systems are not what you’ve been told, if you’ve been told anything. They are connected to the internet. There is no transparency of how the voter information is processed, moved, and stored. And, as a matter of fact, these companies have refused to allow any type of inspection into their code and they always decry, ‘It’s our IP, it’s IP protection.'”
Trump Legal Team’s @RudyGiuliani introduces first witness; Colonel Phil Waldron to discuss Dominion Systems used in AZ.
– Krebs said this was “most secure election in history” – Dominion safe because it wasn’t connected to internet.
RG: Was Dominion on his Counsel?
PW: Yes. pic.twitter.com/J52LtjIvyK
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) November 30, 2020
On Dominion pointed to as being “secure” because it doesn’t connect to internet:
Witness Col. Phil Waldron: These machines have many access points to internet. These machines ARE connected to internet. Dominion User Manual instructs how. Server traffic showed connections.
— Chanel Rion OAN (@ChanelRion) November 30, 2020
He further called into question the results of the 2020 election.
“The voting systems in the U.S. and Arizona by Dominion and other machines were built to be manipulated. They’ve been used in elections around the world with questionable results, and we believe those same questionable results are present in this election,” he said.
While all these allegations have been automatically dismissed by establishment Republicans and Democrats, as well as members of the mainstream press, they also jibe with allegations made by Democrats themselves.
According to reports, Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan and Democrat Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Amy Klobuchar, and Ron Wyden raised somewhat similar concerns about Dominion less than a year ago.
Dems who sent formal complaint on problem-prone Dominion Voting in 2019 include Warren, Klobuchar https://t.co/aqMu5NWehM
— Cherie Buckingham (@upcyclealleykat) November 17, 2020
Last December the senators sent a public letter to the managing directors of the Staple Street Capital Group concerning their investment in Dominion Voting Systems Corporation, the company behind the election software.
The senators were “particularly concerned that secretive and ‘trouble-plagued companies,’ owned by private equity firms and responsible for manufacturing and maintaining voting machines and other election administration equipment, ‘have long skimped on security in favor of convenience,’ leaving voting systems across the country ‘prone to security problems.’”
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