Fairly a little bit of “data” has come out not too long ago within the mockingbird media, particularly the Washington Publish and the AP. There’s an uncommon curiosity in a small county in Georgia concerning their election machines. Whereas many of the focus has been on what occurred after the election (and subsequent run-off), this text will concentrate on why these occasions occurred and why these occasions have been justified.
It’s value noting, to your personal private dedication, that not one of the current articles within the mockingbird media will outright name the forensic imaging in Espresso County a “breach” as a result of that will be accusing these people of against the law. They add the phrase “alleged” in entrance of it (severely…press cntrl+f on the article, search “breach”, and test the phrase previous it each single time). The authors ought to know very properly that there was no breach. And I gained’t preface my accusation with “allegedly.” A breach implies a compelled entry by somebody with out authorization. The definition of “breach” most relevant right here is an “infraction or violation of a regulation, obligation, tie, or commonplace.“
As a result of the administration of county elections is delegated to the county officers, as per Pearson v. Kemp (beneath), the particular person of authority over the machines in Espresso County can be Misty Hampton, the county’s elections supervisor. And if Ms. Hampton permits the imaging and conducts it herself, it’s unclear how that will be “stolen” software program as Marilyn Marks, the plaintiff within the lengthy working but underachieving Curling v. Raffensperger case claims. I reached out to Marks for remark and citations of particular statutes that she claims are being violated. She didn’t cite any particular statutes however mentions Rule 183-1-12-.05, which sarcastically states the machines can’t be linked to the web (extra on that beneath) but in addition states that “lock and key entry” is granted to solely a handful of individuals, however doesn’t explicitly state these are the one individuals allowed within the room. It’s additionally value noting that there isn’t a entry log, as required per this Rule, when the Secretary of State’s Workplace seized the machines from the EMS room (in response to the Rule Marks cites above, the SoS Workplace will not be approved to “lock and key entry” of this room).
1/ GA’s voting system software program has been stolen and is within the palms of many unknown actors. State officers be like:
St. Elec. Bd. 🤷🤷♀️🤷🤷♀️🤷https://t.co/QSnCulDWWo
— Marilyn Marks (@MarilynRMarks1) September 17, 2022
So now that we have now established the mockingbird media’s bewildering declare that there was a “breach” initiated by the custodian of the machines, lets have a look at what truly occurred in Espresso County main as much as these occasions. That is in response to the sworn affidavit of Cathy Latham, the previous Espresso Co GOP Chair and a Republican observer current that night time. It’s stunning.
The issues with the brand new Dominion Voting machines in Espresso County started within the June 2020 major when early voting started in Could 2020. The Secretary of State was notified of points with the machines to which they stated they’d deal with it. This by no means occurred, and in consequence, Espresso officers reached out to a close-by jurisdiction and borrowed a tabulator from them to conduct their election.
Throughout the January fifth, 2021 run-off, Latham was additionally the Republican observer and Voter Evaluate Panelist through the counting of votes. The elections supervisor knowledgeable Latham that the Douglas precinct was having points with their ImageCast Precinct (ICP) optical scanner. It was failing to learn the superior voting ballots, so it was sealed by the elections director and a member of the elections board.
A Dominion technician decided that this was trigger by a failure of a reminiscence card. By this time, the “reminiscence card error” was additionally used to clarify discrepancies in a number of different Georgia jurisdictions through the 2020 Common Election two months earlier. And it has been used since then in more moderen elections to clarify discrepancies, together with in the latest 2022 Main. The choice was made to take these ballots and scan them on election day after the polls closed. The absentee and UOCAVA ballots would even be scanned at the moment on the ImageCast Central Scanner (ICC) reasonably than the precinct’s ICP.
That night time, there have been three people within the scanning room: Misty Hampton, the Espresso Co elections supervisor, Cathy Latham, and Ernestine Thomas-Clark, who was the consultant for the Democratic Get together. The others current have been trying from exterior the room by way of the glass. On the primary batch that Ms. Hampton started to scan, the machine jammed. It confirmed the error “QR CODE Failure.”
This error persevered “batch after batch, time after time.” Espresso County had an additional Dominion tech assigned to them after the issues within the June Main, Nov. three Common elections and the machine recount. The technician, Samuel Challandes of Colorado, advised that Ms. Hampton wanted to take a fabric and wipe down the scanner or, once in a while, he would counsel blowing compressed air on the eye of the scanner to take away paper particles. These makes an attempt have been futile.
Mrs. Latham notes in her sworn affidavit that “every poll that had a QR Code Failure was a poll for all three Republican candidates: Perdue, Loeffler, and McDonald. At one level through the night, Mrs. Thomas-Clark appeared over at me and stated ‘This isn’t proper.’ I agreed.”
The group started decreasing the variety of ballots within the batch they’d run to no avail. Finally, they have been working 5-10 ballots at a time however making little or no progress. Round 10:30pm, Eric Chaney, the Chairman of the Board of Elections, advised the Dominion tech to get his boss on the cellphone. Scott Tucker of Dominion, the “boss”, was placed on speaker. Mr. Chaney at the moment advised each Tucker and Challandes that that they had 30 minutes to repair their tools or Mr. Chaney would alert and invite the media in to doc what was taking place.
Mr. Challandes continued talking with Mr. Tucker exterior of the constructing and got here again 30 minutes later, smiling. He advised them to retry the machine and warranted them this time it could work. Whereas standing subsequent to the scanner however by no means touching it, sensible cellphone in hand, he instructed Ms. Hampton to wipe the machine down yet another time, as they’d executed all night time with out decision. Mr. Challandes “began grinning and stated this time it could work and there can be no extra issues.” Apparently, he couldn’t include his pleasure as each Ms. Hampton and Mrs. Latham needed to ask him to quiet down from his obvious pleasure.
Certain sufficient, it labored. They ran a big batch and completed up the remainder of the batches with little downside.
“After Mr. Challandes left the room and we have been ending the wrap up and getting last numbers for the press, Mr. Chaney requested ‘Did all of us simply witness what I feel we witnessed?’ I checked out him and stated ‘Is there anyway that one thing was donwloaded to that scanner from his cellphone or from the Web? There isn’t a approach that wiping the machine with a fabric stopped the QR Code Failure readings.”
There isn’t a rationalization for the above circumstance aside from sheer luck or a distant connection in some way to the machines. Be mindful routers and splunk logs are stonewalled at each flip in each case involving these machines throughout the nation.