Voting systems in the US have come under a lot of controversy and scrutiny over the last few months, after accusations of voter fraud plagued the reputations of voting machine companies such as Dominion.
Many of the right believe there to be foul play involved in the 2020 election, with a vast amount of evidence pointing to voting machines being tampered with to change votes in favor of Joe Biden thanks to the adjudication process.
However, the election result stands, yet there are some who still distrust the use of these voting systems.
What is the ‘Adjudication Process’?
As defined by Pursue Democracy, the concept of ‘ballot adjudication’ is performed when a ballot comes in for counting but the vote on the paper is not clear enough to determine who the vote was for.
Say the paper has been spoiled and both names were checked, or the circle was filled out incorrectly, then a ballot adjudication would be assigned by the software being used.
This is when question marks are raised, as an election official will then take the ballot that needs to be adjudicated and determine for themselves who the vote was meant to be cast for.
Many on the right take issue with this process, as it allows for numerous ballots to be altered and for many votes to be changed.
An example of the process being used in 2020 was in Clark County, Nevada, where voting machines assigned 70% of all ballots to be adjudicated by election officials.
70% of all votes were designed by a team of people who may or may not have had their own biases in this election.
Many officials were also caught out across the state of Georgia, putting ‘blank ballots’ through the machines, so they would be assigned for adjudication, where the official could then tick the box for whoever they wanted.
What about Dominion?
Dominion Voting Systems is the main voting software company that has received heavy criticism from many Trump loyalists, as Dominion controls the majority of the voting machines across the United States.
Dominion was used in Clark County in Nevada, where a 70% adjudication rate came through their systems in order to have votes assigned by officials. This trend continues.
In Michigan, an investigation conducted into Dominion by attorney Mathew Deperno concluded that the 16 Dominion voting machines that were brought in for inspection held a 68.05% error rate, which means that 68.05% of all votes throughout Michigan counties that used Dominion voting machines would be determined by the officials who were counting ballots.
Concerns of many Republicans regarding the use of Dominion, and the frequency of the adjudication process, have been completely justified once the issue was actually investigated, instead of being continuously swept under the rug by the media.
The use of these machines and their software played a massive part in the 2020 election but has also entirely destroyed trust in an age-old democratic system that is now on its knees.