Dominion Voting fails to meet voluntary voting guidelines established by the Election Assistance Commission. Georgia law requires that voting systems be certified by EAC. This makes little sense since there is a lawsuit pending against the EAC for meeting with voting system manufacturers secretly and granting permission for internet access.
The Voluntary Voting Guidelines agree with Georgia law that voters should be able to read and verify their vote prior to casting, and yet EAC, which has approved the guidelines, has certified Dominion Democracy Suite and Imagecast X which encodes the actual vote into a QR code that is tabulated but that voters can not read. https://www.eac.gov/voting-equipment/voluntary-voting-system-guidelines
Further it would appear despite having given secret permission for internet access, the Voluntary Voting Guidelines prohibit connection to an outside network.
The Georgia Dominion contract requires $1.5 million cyber insurance per occurrence as well as places responsibility for administering security in the hands of Dominion. (Pages 98 and 23)
Mr. Stark is or was on Election Assistance Commission. He is an elections system expert. He currently has a suit pending against the EAC for meeting with voting system companies secretly and giving them permission for internet access. To put that in perspective the contract with Dominion required one million dollars cyber insurance. I cant figure why Dominion would pay for and provide that if there was no internet risk. Philip B. Stark | Distinguished Professor, Department of Statistics University of California Berkeley, CA
Thank you, Mr. Stark. I go to every board of elections meeting and most logic and accuracy testing. We did manage to get an audit but it did not even clear one precinct. The more ballots that were counted the higher the error rate. I researched the equipment and law and determined that Dominion usurps functions required by law and especially manipulates adjudication. I interviewed our elections supervisor and the elections IT person. I perhaps in error concluded that my ballot and vote was subject to the least Dominion risk by voting absentee. Now I am concerned how the central scanner on which absentee ballots are scanned treats where contests are left blank. I seldom vote for an incumbent so I almost always leave some contests blank. I am also concerned that there is no check prior to or monitoring of the systems while bmd and scanners are plugged in for unauthorized access. I cant help what the state elections board, local elections board, or secretary of state does or doesnt do, but I do not have to give over my ballot to serve as a hiding place or tool for shenanigans. Thus I am experiencing voter suppression and manipulation by the people charged with preventing it. I have to figure what happens to a blank contest or ballot or if I can not determine a ballot like mine will be properly handled voting absentee I need to know how to receive credit for voting and prevent getting placed inactive and removed from voter rolls so I will be able to vote at the very first opportunity after somebody fixes this mess. I am suspicious of why there would be a need to convert a vote into an unreadable QR code only to have to convert it for counting when that could be avoided if the program just read what voters mark. Thank you again. As I will be dilligently trying to figure if I can vote in November and how best to do that if you come across any information that may be helpful I would welcome it.
GEORGIA SECRETARY OF STATE SHOULD BE REMOVED FROM OFFICE
Please find court filings in Curling v. Raffensperger below.
I don’t think Dominion is in the election equipment business, but instead in the election stealing business. In all my study of it, at least one state required changes. Other states ascertained the potential and advised Dominion and did not purchase Dominion. Dominion has had 21 months since the judgement in this case and still their only action has been to deny the situation which is indicative of their goal to sell selections rather than elections. Mr. Haldeman if my memory serves me correctly was included in the movie Kill Chain (Vudu$2.99) as an expert. Kill Chain depicted several ways elections could be stolen, one of which was the machine voting systems. It has been revealed that Dropbox and fake voting malfeasance is effective in election outcomes. The other means depicted in Kill Chain was through voter roll manipulation and equipment hacking.
So what do we need? We need to have the state election board direct the use of paper ballots henceforth with off the shelf scanners or adapt ballots for use with Scantron scanners. In the alternate local boards of elections need to implement the use of paper ballots for the interim until effective election protection acts are required. We need a constitutional amendment that only paper ballots can be used in Georgia elections. We are better off not throwing good money after bad to continue trying to use Dominion. In the agreement to purchase Dominion one of the specific requirements was that Dominion comply with Title 21 of Georgia code. As voters can not determine how their vote will be counted being hidden in a QR code, Dominion does not comply with law. Further, Dominion interferes with election procedures in not allowing persons required by law to perform certain acts in compliance with law. In the Dominion agreement cyber insurance was required which is a dependable admission that the system was subject to cyber interference and that the Secretary of State and Dominion knew it. In the Dominion contract there was a clause that allowed for a return and refund if the Dominion should be found unsatisfactory. Unfortunately that opportunity to prevent great loss ended December 30, 2020. From November 3, 2020 until present the Secretary of State has denied the culpability of Dominion rather than persue the protection of the contract. It would seem that responsibility for the cost of the system and failure to exercise the protection of the contract falls squarely on the Secretary of State.
We need an investigation of every aspect of the Secretary’s actions and communications to move toward holding him accountable to the citizens of Georgia. With a personal opinion he has violated his oath of office and not properly administered the duties with which he was charged, I urge those who should to do exactly that. That being the case, the citizens of Georgia have the right to see him prosecuted and removed from office. It is the duty of the Attorney General, Governor, legislature, state election board and county elections boards to do so, even though some of those named have also failed to properly administer their duties.
We need a constitutional amendment that allows the legislature to call for a special session absent the governor and speaker doing so. The legislature ought never be hindered from addressing the concerns of the people of Georgia.
We now stand with knowledge gained through great difficulty and disappointment. With the knowledge and ability to perform reparations in the situation, failure to do so renders those who fail to do so with equal culpability. It is long past time to choose sides.
I may have misunderstood what auditing would be done. I did not relate the random precincts pick to the races named. Could be though the way it was written. I have posted the relevant portion of the notice above. With just 4 random precincts auditing 2 races and Oak Grove advance voting being all that was audited that is not much of an audit. Granted there were 40 races and 1000 ballots in Oak Grove and 40000 total votes, the audit only verifies 5 scanners out of 43 counting the central scanner and possibly 50 ballot marking devices out of approximately 420, assuming all ballot markers in each precinct got used. The goal was to verify the ballot marking devices were imbedding the voters’ choices in the tabulated QR code. Random in 4 precincts may be a fair way of choosing but it is not going to reveal a systemic problem with voters’ votes being correctly translated for tabulation. I am not aware of any audit on absentee ballots to determine if those were tabulated correctly. The ballot marking risk is removed from absentee ballots but given all that we know about Dominion error possibility, every portion of the system must be verified.
I felt like I was sitting in Fort Knox in the audit room with the true treasure of our constitutional republic- the ballots. There were 5 audit boards of two people each. Noting the unsealing and resealing of the containers protected the chain of custody. In the 4 random precincts selected each audit board appeared to be separating ballots by party ballot then noting the votes on a tally sheet. All the ballots would be counted by one auditor then passed to the second auditor for a second count and adding to their tally sheet. Both auditors had to sign off on their tally sheet and complete the chain of custody forms. Once the 4 random precincts were finished they were given a portion of the Oak Grove advance voting ballots. Following the same procedure as above, each handling of the ballots once for each race. It was going to be an all day thing.
Once again it was my experience that our elections office ran like a well-oiled machine. They all work good together and seem to enjoy their job. I don’t think any of them would take kindly to any malfeasance. The audit board teams were pollworkers experienced in election amd ballot procedures. They seemed to work well together also. Having said that, it is normal for people so close to something to become blind to situations that could be problematic or need attention. All the election workers and pollworkers are regular people like you and me. Most of them are older but there were some younger at the poll I worked. It may take hearing parents and grandparents tell about WWII and how Hitler was “elected” only to decimate the country he promised to lead and much of the world to understand the need for clean elections. It may take having lived in fear as a child of Kruschev attacking and missles aimed at us in Cuba in 1963 as I did coupled with true and accurate history of our country to value the opportunity to participate in our government. Elections are a means to protect what others have fought and died to get and preserve. This is where regular people can act. It is probably the last vestage of citizen involvement in our country.
When I first read the election code (O.C.G.A. Title 21) I was pleasantly surprised that all areas of an election were covered with instructions as to who would do what and how it was to be done. Unfortunately Dominion changes some things done and thus prevents compliance with law. One of the requirements of the contract for Dominion with the Secretary of State was that it had to comply with law. Since Dominion, without authority to do so, changes how some things are done Dominion fails to meet the contract as well as hides votes to be tallied in a QR code. There is no need for a QR code. To do that Dominion had to add an entire layer to their voting system. They had to write code to create the QR code then they had to write code to read it. Why?
Given that Dominion breached the contract to comply with law and has obliterated confidence in our elections, and has to be veriified adding to the cost of using the system, our legislature should declare the contract breached and place Dominion on the fastest truck across the state line. All we need are the ballots and an off the shelf scanner in each precinct that can read the ballots. Almost all schools have Scantron equipment. As most tests can be written to be read by Scantron, I would venture a guess that its not that difficult to create items to be scanned. Paper ballots can be used at the direction of the state election board or local election boards. I am still studying that county commissions can order paper ballots to be used. We need to have state or county workers maintain voter rolls. We need to quit farming out election duties and become sovereign in our own elections again. We need elections dutes with no duplication and be able to quickly and easily hold someone accountable for misdeeds. No passing the buck.
This problem can be solved. Boards and elected officials that hinder getting rid of Dominion are saying they prefer to keep the power they fein to possess via Dominion. In a 40 year old case, Duncan v. Poythress, the court reiterated, . . . . `No right is more precious in a free country than that of having a voice in the election of those who make the laws under which, as good citizens, we must live. Other rights, even the most basic, are illusory if the right to vote is undermined.’ Duncan v. Poythress, No. 81-7363 United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit. Unit B 657 F.2d 691 (5th Cir. 1981) Decided Nov 13, 1981