The Dissent Of Democracy, More Mischief & Miffs In Michigan?

By Maryam Henein

Editor’s Note: Activist Post does not endorse any candidate for president or any other political office. This article is presented for informational purposes only and all opinions are the author’s alone.

Data reveals Dominion products were to blame for the infamous vote flip that occurred in Antrim, Michigan. Under oath, the CEO denied all claims. What’s next?

“A determined campaign has the opportunity to contest the election into January 2021. We anticipate lawsuits, divergent media narratives, attempts to stop the counting of ballots, and protests drawing people from both sides.”  ~ Transition Integrity Project (TIP)

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The above statement was written back in June 2020 as part of a tabletop exercise called The Transition Integrity Project (TIP), where a bipartisan group of over 100 current and former senior government and campaign leaders convened in a series of election crisis scenario planning exercises. Consider it the Event 201 of the electoral process, very telling and worth the read. Their results were not only ‘alarming’ but properly anticipated chaos in the legal and political landscape. Wow, what fortune tellers. How did they know?

Dominion & More Mischief & Miffs In Michigan

“At Dominion, we take great pride in the limited role we play in elections and we want to assure voters that they can have confidence in the accuracy and reliability of their voting systems,” John Poulos, the CEO of Dominion Voting Systems said via Zoom, during a hearing on December 15th before a Michigan Senate Oversight Committee hearing.

Poulos attended the nearly three-hour hearing to help lawmakers and voters better understand the election software procedures. This followed a few failed attempts to reach him by Republican State Rep. Matt Hall.

The previous day Republican electors in Michigan were blocked from entering the Capitol Building in Lansing to cast ballots opposing Democrat Joe Biden for president, a move that was supported by the GOP speaker of the House.

Poulos’ appearance comes on the heels of a scathing forensics audit report that concluded Dominion was intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results. The audit was prompted because of a supposed “glitch” in Antrim County where 6,000 votes were switched from Trump to Biden. Forty-seven other counties also used the same Dominion Voting Systems. You can read more on Antrim County and Dominion in previous Activist Post articles.

Based on their findings, the team from Allied Security Operations Group suggested that the Dominion Voting System should not be used in Michigan. They also suggested that the results of Antrim County should not have been certified. They examined 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, and performed forensic duplication on the county’s election management server, which was running Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5.3-002.

Incidentally, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson intervened to prevent the audit results from being released. This prompted attorney Matthew DePerno, working on behalf of Plaintiff William Bailey, to file an emergency motion, requesting the judge unseal the results.

Human Errors VS A Design For Fraud

“Let me start by saying that if any testimony has been found to be credible, by a judge or election official, I am not aware of it,” Poulos responded when Senator Michael MacDonald asked him whether it was possible for anything to have been manipulated.

In fact, he denied without exception all allegations related to machines and software used in elections. He blamed any mistakes on “human error,” and “lack of update” or “technical support.” Poulos said the errors occurred in Antrim because they forgot to update their tabulators.

“As Michigan’s Director of Elections stated in a court filing … ‘the (forensics) report makes a series of unsupported conclusions, ascribes motives of fraud and obfuscation to processes that are easily explained as routine election procedures or error corrections…The reason we are now talking about Antrim County has to do with a series of human errors,” he said.

But when asked if there is any method of voting that’s “100% secure,” back on January 9th, 2020 in sworn testimony before the House Administration Committee, he said “No.”

Consider that an HBO documentary titled Kill Chain: The Cyber War On America’s Elections, released in March, openly outlines Dominion’s inherent vulnerabilities.

Also, a lengthy opinion and order from Judge Amy Totenberg in Curling v. Raffensperger, 2020 WL 5994029, filed in October in Georgia, found “extreme” and unacceptable security risks in the Dominion system. And Texas rejected certification of their Democracy Suite system on three occasions was denied certification.

Flagged For Adjudication In Antrim

Critics agree that the adjudication process is the simplest way to manually manipulate votes. Basically adjudication, usually conducted in batches, is when a potentially spoiled ballot is fixed and hence saved. Instead of tossing ballots out, they are reversed and sent to adjudication for a decision by election personnel.

In Michigan, a staggering number of votes required adjudication. For instance, in Central Lake Township, there were 1,222 ballots reversed out of 1,491 total ballots cast, resulting in an 81.96% rejection rate. In Antrim, the tabulation log for the forensic examination of the server from December 6, 2020 consisted of 15,676 individual events, of which 10,667 or 68.05% of the events were recorded errors. The allowable election error rate established by the Federal Election Commission guidelines is 1 in 250,000 ballots or 0.008%.

The forensic report remarked that administrators could theoretically change results while adjudication files could be moved with no audit trail.

“This was a 2020 issue not seen in previous election cycles still stored on the server,” stated ASOG cofounder Russell Ramsland Jr, a former Reagan administration official who has worked for NASA. “This is caused by intentional errors in the system. The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, or audit trail. Our examination of the server logs indicates that this high error rate was incongruent with patterns from previous years.”

Ramsland added that attributing these issues to human error is not consistent with the forensic evaluation, which points more correctly to a systemic machine and/or software errors.

Incidentally, these errors occurred after the Antrim County Clerk provided a re-provisioned CF card with uploaded software for the Central Lake Precinct on November 6th. The Dominion Voting System produced systemic errors and high error rates both prior to the update and after the update; meaning the update (or lack thereof) was not the cause of errors.

Yet Poulos painted a different picture. He insisted that errors occurred because of human oversight.

“If all of the tabulators had been updated as per procedure, there wouldn’t have been any error in the unofficial reporting. If public Logic and Accuracy testing had taken place, the error would’ve been caught when it should have been caught, prior to the election. If steps weren’t specifically taken to salvage the already printed ballots, the system would not have allowed election officials to upload memory cards, and the reporting error never would have occurred.”

He went on to explain that Antrim hasn’t licensed their digital adjudication tool. “With digital adjudication, the original ballot is never changed, and a full audit trail shows the original image, shows who the bi-partisan adjudicators were and what they agreed on, and ultimately captures any changes they made per State law.”

Counties that don’t use this software tool adjudicate manually by creating new ballots when needed.

“In Antrim county, ballots are reconciled manually. What the report is alleging is impossible because Antrim County does not license nor use digital adjudication,” he stated during the hearing. “Furthermore, digital adjudication requires the use of ballot images. Antrim County did not record absentee ballot images. Any U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC) accredited voting systems testing laboratory (VSTL) can easily and independently verify whether adjudication is used by review of the database structure…The reason we are now talking about Antrim County has to do with a series of human errors.”

Significantly, the forensics report also discovered that the computer system showed vote adjudication logs for prior years; but all adjudication log entries for the 2020 election cycle were missing. Repeat, the logs were wiped to track voting changes, rendering them now impossible to audit. Why are all server security logs prior to 11:03 pm on November 4, 2020 missing?

This means that all security logs for the day after the election, on election day, and prior to election day are gone.

“The lack of records prevents any form of audit accountability, and their conspicuous absence is extremely suspicious since the files exist for previous years using the same software. Removal of these files violates state law and prevents a meaningful audit, even if the Secretary wanted to conduct an audit. We must conclude that the 2020 election cycle records have been manually removed,” reads the report.

Poulos chalked up all adjudication claims as “bizarre” and “entirely false,” insisting that the paper ballots do match the machine totals; therefore, no problems were identified with his software. He also added that because there was no automated adjudication process, there were no logs that were missing. “In many circumstances, source code is delivered by hand by State certification officials.”

TRIES At The Ministry of Truth

“The Party controls and constructs all sources of information in Oceania, including the type of news and media its citizens receive.” Orwell, 1984

These days, lies are weaved into truths. I call them “tries.” In an information war, tries are very difficult to catch unless you pay very close attention, keep track of details, and connect the dots. The Ministry of Truth is slick, vaporizing words and reality with warp speed.

With that said, many watching Poulos remarked that his testimony was rife with lies. Some were a bit gentler.

“He was very good at talking around issues,” says Brenda Savage,  a spokesperson for the Election Integrity Fund. “Things are now as clear as mud.”

One of the first red flags was when Polous said his company has been the target of a disinfo campaign that defies ‘facts or logic.’

“Unfortunately, Dominion has recently been thrust into the national spotlight as part of a dangerous and reckless disinformation campaign aimed at sowing doubt and confusion over the 2020 presidential election…To date, no one has produced credible evidence of vote fraud or vote switching on Dominion systems because these things simply have not occurred.”

Critics, however, would affirm that plenty of credible evidence has been presented to at least beckon an investigation; and that two, Dominion is the one helping spearhead a disinfo campaign, going as far as to say in a press release that this was “the most secure election in U.S. history.”

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, also echoed this sentiment, following the forensic report, stating “Let’s be clear: Michigan’s Nov. 3 general election in Michigan and across the country was the most secure in the nation’s history. There continues to be no evidence of widespread fraud.”

At this stage, these statements don’t reflect well.

Incidentally, Benson also said that questioning the election is akin to attacking democracy. Many many others, included the mainstream media, have also parroted this notion.

“Amplifying these obviously false narratives about fraud or irregularities corrodes public trust; it threatens national security; and it weakens our democracy and our standing around the world,” said Senator Gary Peters on Wednesday December 16th, before a GOP-controlled Senate committee.

These sentiments are dead wrong and arguably dangerous. A democratic process invites others to ask questions, and a robust and uninhibited debate is crucial, as is a fair and unfettered marketplace for info. That is why we have the Bill of Rights in the form of the First Amendment.

“Calling anyone who is using their God-given right to speak out that is enshrined in our Constitution about anything as attacking democracy is just plain silly,” writes Podcast producer and host LADuke in an article in RedState. “Keep making sure that your voices are heard in a strong firm way with no hint of anger or escalating to violence. That is about the most patriotic thing you can do in this democracy (actually republic) that most of us love and cherish.”

Poulos also stated that when there is a digital adjudication process, there will be a computer connected to the tabulator, and it will record an image of the ballot, for auditing purposes. He reiterated that Antrim’s tabulators were not connected to the Internet.

However, Dominion voting machines were connected to the Internet, according to whistleblower Melissa Carone who worked at the TCF Center in Detroit. She said she was actually given a binder that included information on how “the machines were connected to the Wi-Fi.”

“All the tabulator computers were connected via Ethernet cables to a network router,” adds Patrick Colbeck, a former Michigan state senator, governor candidate, and founder of Let’s Fix It. “And that router, in turn, was connected to another router that was connected to the adjudicators. Those were connected to another router/firewall which was connected to the Internet, which was connected to the local data center.”

Meanwhile, fired Director of Cyber Security Chris Krebs told the US Senate Homeland Security Committee on Wednesday December 16th that some Dominion Voting Machines were connected to the Internet.  Krebs, who has worked for Microsoft, debunked some of the claims in the report saying they were “misinterpreted.”

Next, Poulos said that Dominion doesn’t use “SolarWinds” for its monitoring system in his hearing.

“Dominion Voting Systems has not now, nor has it ever used SolarWinds Orion platform,” which was the subject of DHS emergency declaration dated December 13 2020. SolarWwinds was involved in one of the most sophisticated and perhaps largest hacks, involving the Treasury and Commerce Departments.

“Now we know why Dominion deleted ‘“SolarWinds’” from their website,” wrote former 8kun admin CodeMonkey. Many of us visited the site and saw the SolarWinds logo on Dominion’s page until it soon disappeared.

“This guy is a wordsmithing liar,” remarked another person on Twitter.

Finally, Poulos also said that Dominion runs voting systems in 28 U.S. states, and Dominion asserted in an opinion piece that “Dominion is a nonpartisan, American company,” while Polous neglected to say that he is a Canadian citizen who donates exclusively to liberal parties and politicians.

Another critique was that the senators lacked the level of technology needed to properly question Poulos.

“The attendees just took the CEO’s responses at face value; no challenges. Disgusting,” wrote one person on Twitter. Another person added, “yep, too bad we had a bunch that were not up to speed with technology asking the questions. Kind of a wasted opportunity.”

Patrick Colbeck agrees that the substantial questions that needed to be asked, were not. This is despite the fact that he himself made a concerted effort to collect tech-based questions addressing the forensics report and Dominion, and supplied them to the senators. While the senators did ask a few questions, they were not able to follow up.

More scrutiny was required since this wasn’t  ‘just an add water’ type of election process,” added Colbeck who served for two terms as Michigan state senator from the northwestern portion of Wayne County, which includes Detroit. He also spent 24 hours as a GOP poll watcher at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit.

Game One: Ambiguous Result

Following the Senate Oversight Committee hearing, Lisa Lyons of Kent County put out a statement:

Today’s testimony … should put to rest the false claims of tabulator manipulation in the November Election…Simply put: Tabulators don’t run elections. Clerks, staff, and election workers from our communities who take an Oath to uphold the Constitution run our elections, and in Michigan we run them using paper ballots that can be re-counted and audited…The spread of misinformation about this election must stop now, so that we can turn our attention to the real concerns that need to be addressed to ensure integrity in our elections.

But per the Constitution, President Trump can still win this election, despite what the mainstream media tells you.

Jenna Ellis argues that President Donald Trump still has time to challenge the election results and that state legislatures still have time to decide which set of votes from dueling slates of delegates to send to Congress on Jan. 6, the day when the Electoral College votes are counted.

Texas electors voted 34-4 to call on Legislatures in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan and Wisconsin — whose election results handed the White House at Joe Biden — to appoint their own electors. Seven states will be bringing forth their own slate of electors, and until January 6th — when the official electoral votes are counted — more fraud could be uncovered.

Watch Attorney Matthew DePerno and I discuss the results of the Dominion Voting Systems forensic audit from Antrim County, Michigan.

Only one senator is needed to bring forth debate.

Rand Paul may join Congressman Mo Brooks, who has already filed an objection to electoral votes.

“We’ll make our decision after we’ve seen all the legal challenges,” Paul recently said.

In the interim, SCOTUS has docketed the Sidney Powell Michigan lawsuit. And Michigan officials are working to reverse redacted portions of the forensics report from Antrim that Assistant Attorney General Erik Gill successfully pursued, under the premise that the data uncovered “source code” proprietary to Dominion.

“Analysts assert that this data was merely configuration settings not source code,” adds Colbeck. “But, if so, Mr. Gill may have inadvertently added fuel to the fire of violations of the Help America Vote Act if any of this “source code” was modified within 90 days of the election without recertification of the software.”

Colbeck analyzed and commented on the data in the report on his site. There he remarks that the Dominion Rank Choice Voting algorithm, allowing a percentage of votes to be shifted from one candidate to another candidate resulting in “fractional votes,”  was indeed “enabled.” Under oath, Poulos stated that “there is no algorithm that enabled ‘fractional’ voting.”

In 2016, Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes.

I will leave you with two of the many insightful possibilities projected by the Integrity Transition Project:

“The Trump Campaign began the game by encouraging the state legislatures in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Michigan to certify a separate slate of electors in support of President Trump. Despite opposition from the Biden Campaign and Democrats, both Michigan and Pennsylvania’s legislators agree to send two sets of electors in support of Trump.”

“The outcome of the scenario hinged on how the elected officials from the two parties addressed the separate slate of electors from Michigan. GOP officials asserted that as the President of the Senate, Vice President Pence could legally choose to accept or reject electors as he wished. There was no clear resolution of the conflict in the January 6 joint session of Congress; the partisans on both sides were still claiming victory, leading to the problem of two claims to Commander-in-Chief power (including access to the nuclear codes) at noon on January 20.”

Here is the redacted Antrim forensic report.

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