Election Systems and Software (ES&S), one of America’s largest producers of voting machines, admitted in a letter to a Democrat US Senator back in 2018 that some of its existing systems for election management had preinstalled remote-access software.
The admission was made public in a highly disturbing article published by Newsweek on June 17, 2018 – and came in brazen contradiction to the fact that ES&S had previously denied any remove-access software was used on its voting machine systems.
It’s hardly surprising that a majority of the American voters still don’t believe the 2020 election results.
Against that backdrop, it is crucial to recall how when Donald Trump actually won the 2016 election, Democrats went all out on it with all kinds of crazy claims that he didn’t.
We don’t have modems, well, actually we do, but…
While as late as November 17, 2020, voting machine maker ES&S confirmed the selling of machines with wireless modems, the company website claims that none of their voting tabulators are connected to the Internet.
According to Emerald Robinson, a journalist with Newsmax, a total of 14,000 ES&S machines are equipped with wireless modems.
In order to count votes correctly, those are said to not be connected to the Internet.
On November 9, 2020, Patrick Colbeck, a former Michigan state senator, revealed that as a poll challenger he witnessed how all computers in the TCF Center in Detroit were connected to the Internet.
To top it all off, in January 2021, an NBC report revealed that a team of election security experts had discovered nearly 3 dozen US voting systems with internet connections.
The three largest producers of voting machines, one of which is Dominion Voting Systems, have now admitted installation of modems in order to enable quick relaying of election results to the public.
Easy to hack
In its June 2018 report, Newsweek disclosed how another of the top voting machine makers, ES&S, told Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR) that it did provide election machines with remote connection software.
Those went to an undisclosed number of states between 2000 and 2006.
The highly revealing letter was obtained by Newsweek but Vice News was the first media outlet to report it to the public.
In it, ES&S president Tim Burt explained that the remote connection software on voting machines was provided to some customers before the inception of the testing and certification program of the Election Assistance Commission.
The Vice and Newsweek articles stated that the election-management systems in question were not used to cast ballots but to count official results and to “sometimes” program the voting machines.
Because of the revelation in the ES&S letter, Democrat Oregon Senator Wyden declared that any voting system containing remote-access software was vulnerable to hacking and therefore “the worst decision” for voting security, except maybe for leaving ballot boxes on a street corner in Moscow.
He followed up by calling on Congress to adopt a law requiring paper ballots and audits for US elections.