Several interesting stories came to light during my three-month sabbatical earlier this year. One report hit the non-mainstream press, at least, like a ton of bricks. It should have had major, nationwide coverage, but the mainstream media apparently was more intent on keeping the COVID menace alive in the minds of Americans than in reporting important news.
Antrim County has a population of 23,431 and is located at the north end of the Michigan “mitten” right on Lake Michigan. The Dominion Voting Systems (DVS) ballot counting machines were audited after someone discovered that “due to an error” 6,000 votes for Donald Trump were counted for Joe Biden – a 12,000 vote swing. In late January of this year, Michigan’s 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer made public the results of the audit despite the objections of DVS’s principals.
After reading the report prepared by Allied Security Operations Group, one can easily see why. The report states: “We conclude that the Dominion Voting System is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results…. The system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors.”
The report further states, “The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, and no audit trail. Based on our study, we conclude that The Dominion Voting System should not be used in Michigan.” And “We further conclude that the results of Antrim County should not have been certified.”
Not surprisingly Michigan’s Democrat Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson declares that the “flip” of the 6,000 votes was due to “human error” and not to any inherent problems with the DVS system. Pity the election officers who work in Democratic strongholds. They must get tired of being “thrown under the bus.”
During the 2020 election cycle, DVS was one of four authorized vendors of election equipment in Virginia. Biden scored 452,000 more votes than Trump. In Antrim County, 6000 votes were flipped out of a total population of 23,431. That is the entire population, never mind registered votes, which is generally about 60 percent of the population. For the sake of argument, if a proportionate number of votes were flipped in a quarter of the cities and counties of Virginia, that could have changed the outcome of the election in Virginia (never mind any absentee ballot fraud that may have occurred).
Hopefully, DVS will not be included when Virginia’s State Board of Elections recertifies their authorized election equipment vendors. I don’t think DVS could comply with the state mandated requirements.
For example, Virginia’s Voting System Certification Standard (to make sure all systems comply with the Virginia Code) requires, among other things, that “All voting systems must provide a voter-verifiable audit trail, a permanent paper record of each vote.” Based on the Antrim County report, DVS does not appear able to do that.
Here’s another common-sense standard: “The voting system presents the voter only with candidates and contests that they are lawfully permitted to vote for.”
Then there is “All component and system-level reports generated by the voting system provide accurate results that can be verified against known results.” One can also find, “The tabulation component of the voting system must have a public counter. Upon opening of the polls, the tabulator must print a zero-proof report and the voting system must provide a means by which the report and the counter can be reconciled.” There is a whole list of similar standards that voting equipment must meet or surpass in order to be certified.
Virginia’s election system has the capacity to hold honest elections. They also, based on the Antrim County report, have the capacity to hold dishonest elections. Unfortunately, the perception of ballot integrity does not keep up with the potential. Virginia voters must be vigilant if we ever want to have honest elections. Wake up. Watch out. Keep elections honest.
Steve “Doc” Troxel, Ph.D.