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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Group That Audited Dominion Voting Machines Declares Them a ‘National Security
BY JACK PHILLIPS | The Epoch TImes
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
“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
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
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
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.