Voting machines in Pennsylvania’s Fulton County were decertified after local officials complied with a GOP-backed ballot audit and allowed a third-party contractor to access data.
The rural county, which borders Maryland, must do away with its Dominion Democracy Suite 5.5A voting system, employed in the 2020 presidential election, after Wake TSI, a software company, was allowed in December to gain access to and look over its “election database, results files, and Windows system logs,” acting Secretary of State Veronica Degraffenreid told county officials in a letter on Tuesday.
The company, which has largely worked with clients in the healthcare sector, had “no knowledge or expertise in election technology,” said Degraffenreid, who concluded the ballot hardware was “compromised.”
“These actions were taken in a manner that was not transparent or bipartisan,” Degraffenreid wrote. “As a result of the access granted to Wake TSI, Fulton County’s certified system has been compromised and neither Fulton County; the vendor, Dominion Voting Systems; nor the Department of State can verify that the impacted components of Fulton County’s leased voting system are safe to use in future elections.”
Wake TSI, a company from Pennsylvania that a document obtained by the Washington Post shows was “contracted” by a nonprofit group run by pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell, found the election in Fulton County was “well run” and “conducted in a diligent and effective manner.”
But Wake TSI also stressed this “does not indicate that there were no issues with the election, just that they were not the fault of the County Election Commission or County Election Director,” according to a report in February. The report then listed five “issues of note” regarding the conduct of the election, including those relating to the county’s voting machines.
“Please know that I did not arrive at this decision lightly,” Degraffenreid said in the letter. “I have a statutory obligation to examine, evaluate and certify electronic voting systems. These reviews include verifying that the voting sy… (Read more)