In 2019, Democrats were strong advocates for voting system integrity. On Dec. 6, 2019, four Democrat Senators sent a letter to voting system companies providing real examples of voting machine problems, such as switching votes, rejecting paper ballots, vulnerability to cyberattacks, etc. Mainstream media also raised concerns about the vulnerabilities of Dominion and other voting systems before the 2020 election. Yet, after the election, their concerns seemed to simply disappear. Instead, anyone who raised the same questions was dismissed as a “conspiracy theorist.”
Texas has rejected Dominion Voting Systems (DVS) three times for security and efficiency concerns. In an affidavit in the Sydney Powell lawsuit, cybersecurity expert Dr. Navid Keshavarz-Nia stated that the U.S. Intelligence community had developed tools to manipulate vote tallies in foreign voting systems, and these tools were used by nefarious operators to influence voting systems in the United States by covertly accessing them and altering the results in real-time and without leaving an electronic fingerprint. On Oct. 8, 2020, DVS’s parent company received $400 million raised by UBS Securities LLC, whose three out of four board members at the time were Chinese.
The 2020 presidential election saw multiple vote switching incidents. At a Georgia Senate hearing on Dec. 30, a group of data scientists presented that 12,173 votes were allegedly switched from Trump to Biden on election night in Bibb County, Georgia, and over 30,000 Trump’s votes removed in other counties in Georgia.
Ben Turner, who used to be the chief actuary at Texas Mutual Workers’ Compensation Insurance, now runs Fraud Spotters, a consultancy specializing in detecting insurance fraud.
During the 2020 election, Michigan GOP Chairwoman Laura Cox said at a press conference on Nov. 6 that “in Antrim County, ballots were counted for Democrats that were meant for Republicans, causing a 6,000 vote swing against our candidates. The county clerk came forward and said, ‘tabulating software glitched and caused a miscalculation of the votes.’”
According to an AP News article published in 2018, private equity firms 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.”
Dominion Voting Systems has hardware made in China and its core infrastructure manager has a Chinese military background. On Oct. 8, 2020, its parent company received $400 million raised by UBS Securities LLC, whose three out of four board members at the time were Chinese.
In 2019, Democrats were strong advocates for election integrity. They did extensive investigations and attempted to pass measures to prevent election fraud.