Talk about perseverance! A group of citizens and voters in Georgia has been trying to sue their state since 2018. They’ve been calling for the voting machines and ballot marking devices from Dominion Voting Systems to be scrapped and for all Georgia elections to take place on hand marked paper ballots from now on. Late last week, a federal judge ruled that the case will finally go to a non-jury trial starting in January. If the plaintiffs prevail, there may very well be no machine voting in Georgia for the upcoming Republican primary or the 2024 general election!
Not only that, but the judge has ordered Georgia Secretary of State and noted Trump-hater Brad Raffensperger to appear at the trial, in order to defend the use of unsecure, unsafe, and completely hackable voting machines.
These committed citizens in Georgia deserve some serious props for this. They’ve been trying to get this case to go to trial since before Brad Raffensperger became Secretary of State there. This changes the election map completely for 2024 and beyond if they win.
Aside from the fact that the 2020 election was stolen from President Trump, Georgia has had additional problems with its voting machines all this time. In 2021, surveillance video surfaced of unidentified individuals who gained access to the voting machines in Coffee County (south Georgia) for several hours.
They spent hours in a room with the machines as they scanned and copied the supposedly secure software on them. Then they posted some of the material on the internet.
Judge Amy Totenberg of the US District Court for the Northern District of Georgia noted in her trial order that the “2021 Coffee County election equipment breach… presents a substantial risk that… votes will not be counted as cast.”
Just two weeks ago in Pennsylvania, Dominion ballot marking devices were discovered to be switching the votes between two judicial candidates. The machines were printing ballots with QR codes that didn’t match the names of the judges that voters were selecting. That wasn’t even hackers doing it. The machines were doing it (likely because that’s how they were programmed to operate).
Earlier this year, the State of Georgia learned that none of its Dominion voting machines meet current federal standards when it comes to safety and security. Every machine needs to individually have its software patched and updated to meet the latest cybersecurity standards.
Secretary of State Raffensperger did what he does best with situations like this—nothing! Raffensperger said it would take too long to patch every Dominion machine in the state before next year’s elections, so they’re just going to use the machines “as is.” Can you believe this guy?
Multiple cybersecurity experts have testified in other trials and before the Georgia legislature that these machines are A) hooked up to the internet, which election officials always lie about, and B) completely vulnerable to undetectable hacking and vote-switching. Anyone with some basic knowledge of hardware and software can get into these machines and alter the outcome of an election, and then elections officials won’t be able to find any evidence after the fact that a hack took place.
Judge Totenberg says in her trial order that Raffensperger’s office has “fail[ed] to identify a single cybersecurity expert who endorses the current configuration of Georgia’s (ballot marking device) system.”
That’s because no honest, independent cybersecurity expert would ever put their name on these machines. That’s because these machines are not designed to be secure from hacking. They were designed so that a bunch of Obama and Hillary donors could get richer via billion-dollar contracts with state governments.
Raffensperger can’t find anyone who will say these machines are safe and secure, and now he’s finally going to have to come before the court and explain why Georgia is still using them.
This is huge! There might be no machine voting in Georgia next year, either in the primary or the general election. If the judge is skeptical enough to allow the case to go to trial, there’s a good chance she’s going to swat Dominion and Raffensperger down.
The My Pillow Guy Mike Lindell, meanwhile, feels completely vindicated by this. If Dominion gets shut down in Georgia because its equipment has about as much security as a Red Box video rental machine, the company has no grounds to continue its lawsuit against him for questioning their machines.