BY ZACHARY STIEBER | The Epoch Times
A worker with the Detroit Department of Elections carries empty boxes used to organize absentee ballots after nearing the end of the absentee ballot count at the Central Counting Board in the TCF Center in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 4, 2020. (Elaine Cromie/Getty Images)
A judge in Michigan on Monday permitted parties in a court case to release the results of a forensic imaging examination of Dominion Voting Systems machines, with redactions of code.
The 23-page report was published soon after by Allied Security Operations Group. It includes expert analysis from Russell Ramsland, a former Republican Party candidate who works with the group.
Ramsland’s team concluded that Dominion’s system “intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors.”
Dominion didn’t respond to a request for comment.
13th Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer agreed to remove a protective order that was blocking the release of the report on the request of attorney Matthew DePerno, after attorneys with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office said they didn’t oppose doing so.
DePerno pushed for the removal in a court hearing, saying the order was meant to be temporary and it had achieved its purpose of preventing him from releasing information on the imaging before Benson’s office had an opportunity to review it.
“We believe that public interest in seeing what we discovered and what we say in the report would outweigh any potential harm to Dominion software,” DePerno told the court.
He argued that confirming the accuracy of the electoral process is a greater public interest in this case than any potential issues related to Dominion software and that the company had an opportunity to intervene in the case but did not do so.
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Security Group That Audited Dominion Voting Machines Declares Them a ‘National Security Issue’
BY JACK PHILLIPS | The Epoch TImes
President Donald Trump, left, and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in file photographs. (Getty Images)
A company that carried out a forensic audit of 22 Dominion Voting Systems in a small Michigan County this month, in a report on Monday, suggested that President Donald Trump take steps to ensure U.S. national security via a 2018 executive order on foreign interference after asserting that the Dominion machines are “intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors.”
“We conclude that the Dominion Voting System is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results,” read a report (pdf) from Allied Security Operations Group released on a website belonging to Matthew DePerno, a local lawyer representing a plaintiff involved in the case. “The system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors. The electronic ballots are then transferred for adjudication. The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, and no audit trail. This leads to voter or election fraud.”
Earlier in December, the audit of voting machines in Antrim County was ordered by Judge Kevin A. Elsenheimer last week (pdf), pertaining to a marijuana proposal that was on the ballot on Nov. 3, not the presidential election. However, the Antrim County voting machines were flagged for switching 6,000 votes from Trump to Joe Biden, which the Michigan Secretary of State’s office and Antrim County clerk’s office both said was due to human error.
Later in its report, Allied Security Operations, in no uncertain terms, described Dominion’s involvement in the elections as a “national security imperative.” It then made a reference to the 2018 Trump executive order that directs current Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe to conduct an assessment on foreign interference in the U.S. general election up to 45 days after the Nov. 3 election and allows the president to take action against any foreign actors.
“We recommend that an independent group should be empaneled to determine the extent of the adjudication errors throughout the State of Michigan. This is a national security issue,” wrote Allied’s Russell Ramsland, a former GOP candidate in Texas, in the report.
The Epoch Times has reached out to Dominion Voting Systems for a request for comment. The firm has repeatedly denied that it can change votes from one candidate to another or that it has any ties to a foreign government.
“All Dominion systems are capable of producing paper records and are 100 percent auditable, with testing, reviews, audits, and recounts subject to oversight and verification by all political parties,” the company says on its website, describing claims to the contrary as “election disinformation.”
Elsewhere in the report, Allied Security asserted that the “results of the Antrim County 2020 election are not certifiable,” adding that it’s the result of “machine and/or software error, not human error.”
“The tabulation log for the forensic examination of the server for Antrim County from December 6, 2020 consists of 15,676 individual events, of which 10,667 or 68.05% of the events were recorded errors,” according to the report. “These errors resulted in overall tabulation errors or ballots being sent to adjudication. [The] high error rates proves the Dominion Voting System is flawed and does not meet state or federal election laws.”
The group also flagged several perceived security flaws in the machines, saying Dominion’s ImageCast Precinct machines “have the ability to be connected to the internet,” adding that “by connecting a network scanner to the ethernet port on the ICP machine and creating Packet Capture logs from the machines we examined show the ability to connect to the network, Application Programming Interface (API) (a data exchange between two different systems) calls and web (http) connections to the Election Management System server.”
Last month, Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy, in reference to the reported 6,000-vote switch, said initially that what happened appeared to be a human error in combination with a software glitch. This was cited by the Michigan Secretary of State’s office, who said the vote-switch was not due to problems with the Dominion machines themselves.
“The error in reporting unofficial results in Antrim County Michigan was the result of a user error that was quickly identified and corrected,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said days after the election was carried out.
Benson further stated that Antrim County “had to update the software on all of the media drives that are placed in tabulators to ensure tabulators communicate properly with the election management system” after the “software was reprogrammed” on the Dominion machines.
She later stated: “Because the county did not update the media drives for the tabulators that did not have changes to races, those tabulators did not communicate properly with the county’s central election management system software when the county combined and reported unofficial results. Every tabulator recorded ballots correctly but the unofficial reports were erroneous.” Benson described the incident as an “honest mistake.”
Ramsland, a former Reagan administration official who has worked for NASA, and others from the group examined Dominion products in Antrim County earlier this month as part of an ongoing case. His team, hired by plaintiff William Bailey, inspected and performed forensic duplication on the county’s election management server, which was running Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5.3-002, compact flash cards used by local precincts in their Dominion ImageCast system, USB memory sticks used by Dominion Voter Assist Terminals, and USB memory sticks used for the poll book. They used X-Ways Forensics and other tools including Blackbag-Blacklight Forensic Software, and Virtual Box.
The Epoch Times has reached out to Michigan’s Secretary of State’s office and Antrim County about the Allied Security forensic audit report.
The “foreign interference” 2018 order signed by Trump includes the imposition of “any recommended sanctions” against entities that are believed to have interfered in the election. This includes “blocking and prohibiting all transactions in a person’s property and interests in property subject to United States jurisdiction,” “exclusion of a person’s alien corporate officers from the United States,” and “any other measures authorized by law,” among other provisions, according to the White House.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this article.