By Zachary Stieber
The analyst who led the forensic audit of Dominion Voting Systems in Michigan said on Friday the information state officials pushed to redact shows that the outcomes of races were changed.
“The original report had log evidence that we published in the report to show exactly what we did and exactly the findings. Now, those did ultimately get redacted. And so now, the complaint is ‘well, but there’s no real proof and Dominion says ‘no, these things can’t be done,’” Russell Ramsland Jr. said during a virtual appearance on Newsmax’s “Greg Kelly Reports.”
“But at that point, Dominion’s argument is no longer with us. Dominion’s argument is with their own user’s manual and their own logs, because the logs—had they been able to be published—show very clearly that the RCV [ranked-choice voting] algorithm was enacted. It shows very clearly that the error messages were massive. It was very clearly [sic] that races were flipped,” he added.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Ramsland and his team at Allied Security Operations Group earlier this month audited Dominion machines and software in Antrim County, where officials on election night reported a win for Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden. The officials later said the results were skewed and that President Donald Trump actually received more votes in the county.
The audit was the first conducted post-election of Dominion products. It was part of a court case.
Lawyers for Benson, a Democrat, asked 13th Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer in court last week to order the redaction of the logs before allowing the release of the report, arguing the logs might be source code and publishing them could be a security issue. Matthew DePerno, the lawyer for the plaintiff in the case, said the logs were just setting errors that Ramsland’s team found.
Elsenheimer ultimately sided with the state, saying he didn’t want to allow the release of potentially propriety information. The judge said he might allow an unredacted version of the report to be released in the future.
In the audit, Ramsland said his team concluded Dominion’s voting system “is intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results.”
“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. Based on our study, we conclude that the Dominion Voting System should not be used in Michigan. We further conclude that the results of Antrim County should not have been certified,” he added in the report.
Officials disputed the findings in a court filing, alleging the 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, and suggests without explanation that elements of election software not used in Michigan are somehow responsible for tabulation or reporting errors that are either nonexistent or easily explained.”
Before the report was released, Benson’s office noted the audit had happened, while urging voters to “be wary of false claims.”
Benson said after the report was made public that the Nov. 3 election in the state and across the country “was the most secure in the nation’s history” and alleged “there continues to be no evidence of widespread fraud.”
Dominion’s CEO John Poulos in a state Senate hearing this week disputed the report’s conclusions, and the company said in a statement that “the claims made in the report are technologically impossible,” adding, “Dominion machines did not—and could not have—’switched’ or enabled the ‘switching’ of any votes.”
Perno on Friday said on Twitter he was looking forward to Benson’s deposition.
Ramsland on Newsmax predicted the emergence of more explosive information soon.
“I think that there’s going to be some information [to] come forth in the next few days, that is going to drastically change the playing field,” he said.
“And the real question is, will people report on it? We’ll see.”
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