Saturday, November 07, 2020

BREAKING: Michigan Legislature to Convene Joint Oversight Hearing Saturday After 'Glitches' Give 6,000 Trump Votes to Biden


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[EDITOR’S NOTE: This development is of monumental importance since the state legislatures determine the outcome of the presidential election in a given state. The president wins a state when electors selected by state legislatures conduct a vote in their respective states on Dec. 14. Thus, ultimately, according to the Constitution, the state legislators wind up serving as the kingmakers in a disputed election. See the article “Horowitz: How Republican-controlled state legislatures can rectify election fraud committed by courts and governors - By the proper power our Constitution gives them” at: ]

Earlier Friday news broke that a software glitch in the vote-counting software used by 48 Michigan counties allegedly produced a very significant glitch in at least one of them.

In Antrim County, the software glitch switched 6,000 votes from Republicans, including President Trump, to Democrats. The county clerk, a Democrat, caught the issue and it has been corrected in that county. Antrim County uses Dominion Voting Systems, according to WLNS.

In Oakland County, another glitch temporarily toppled an incumbent Republican. County Commissioner Adam Kochenderfer narrowly lost in the initial count, only to have a glitch discovered Thursday that had switched over 1,200 Republican votes to Democrat. Once the votes were properly attributed, Commissioner Kochenderfer went from loser by about 100 votes to winner by over 1,100. According to the Royal Oak Tribune, Oakland County uses election software from Hart Intercivic. Hart uses a proprietary system called Verity. Eleven Michigan counties use Hart’s systems.

It’s troubling that both glitches switched Republican votes to Democrat despite apparently occurring in different underlying systems. All told, 59 of Michigan’s 83 counties may be affected by these two glitches.

The Michigan Legislature late Friday announced it will be holding a joint oversight hearing to “ensure the integrity of our state elections.”

“The ongoing turmoil surrounding the recent general election underscores my fervent desire, and our state’s need, for a fair and honest result,” state Sen. Ed McBroom (R) said in a statement posted to Twitter. McBroom called for calm and for people to stop spreading doubt, and also stated that “ignoring troubling reports and dismissing out of hand anecdotal evidence that problems may exist” is unacceptable.

In 2019, the AP reported that voting systems in several states were nearing end-of-life for their operating systems, which would leave them vulnerable to manipulation if not addressed. Several swing states including Michigan were among those states named in the report.

The AP surveyed all 50 states, the District of Columbia and territories, and found multiple battleground states affected by the end of Windows 7 support, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Florida, Iowa, Indiana, Arizona and North Carolina. Also affected are Michigan, which recently acquired a new system, and Georgia, which will announce its new system soon.

States or the counties that own the systems would have to pay large fees to stay updated and protected against hacking, according to the report.

The election technology industry is dominated by three titans : Omaha, Nebraska-based Election Systems and Software LLC; Denver, Colorado-based Dominion Voting Systems Inc.; and Austin, Texas-based Hart InterCivic Inc. They make up about 92% of election systems used nationwide, according to a 2017 study . All three have worked to win over states newly infused with federal funds and eager for an update.

Systems manufactured by two of the three — Dominion and Hart — reportedly glitched in Antrim and Oakland Counties, respectively, both handing Republican votes to Democrats.



Michigan Legislature Subpoenas Election Officials


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Saturday the Michigan House and Senate met in an unusual joint hearing to examine questions regarding the elections across that state. The joint hearing issued subpoenas to the state’s election officials, reports the Detroit Free Press.

The issuance of subpoenas by Michigan legislative committees, while not unheard of, is also rare. Saturday’s subpoena requested documents related to Michigan’s election process.

State Rep. Matt Hall, R-Marshall, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, said the investigation is needed “to provide needed clarity to concerned residents,” and the subpoena “demonstrates a commitment to getting our election procedures right in the future.”

House Minority Leader Christine Greig, D-Farmington Hills, called the hearing a “partisan spectacle,” and  a desperate attempt by Republican legislators to cast a shadow of doubt over the legitimacy of our election.” She called it a “political stunt designed to undermine confidence in our electoral process and disenfranchise voters who legally cast their ballots in record numbers.”

Disenfranchisement goes both ways. Illegally cast ballots and glitches disenfranchise legal voters. Thousands had software or other errors flip their vote against their intent. At least two Michigan counties experienced such glitches, in both cases flipping Republican votes to Democrats. The question is, did similar glitches affect other counties.

In an exclusive report in 2019, the AP included Michigan among a handful of states that have serious election security issues related to the software machines in use across the state use. Several 2020 swing states also have potential security issues, including Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, and Arizona, among others.