Pennsylvania was always going to be hotly contested leading up to Election Day. Things are still hot as legal challenges abound.
Kermit Roosevelt, a constitutional law professor at the University of Pennsylvania Law School explains, “Really what they need is to get a court to say this whole election was so compromised by something,” Roosevelt said.
Despite public comments indicating evidence of widespread fraud, the Trump campaign has been hesitant to claim fraud in front of a judge in court.
Roosevelt says widespread fraud or gross incompetence administering the election would likely need to be proven.
“If you compare the magnitude of what they’re asking to the significance of the evidence that they’ve put forward so far, it’s wildly out of proportion,” Roosevelt said.
Accepting Late Ballots
Another of the Trump campaign’s arguments is that there was no basis in the state’s law to extend the identification deadline, and that Pennsylvania Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar did not have the power to unilaterally change it. State law requires that voters only have until six days after the election — this year that was Nov. 9 — to cure problems regarding a lack of proof of identification. The Pennsylvania Constitution is very clear that election law is set by the state legislature.
And a Pennsylvania judge agreed and ruled in favor of the Trump campaign Thursday, ordering that the state may not count ballots where the voters needed to provide proof of identification and failed to do so by Nov. 9 and ruled that those ballots may not be counted.
“[T]he Court concludes that Respondent Kathy Boockvar, in her official capacity as Secretary of the Commonwealth, lacked statutory authority to issue the November 1, 2020, guidance to Respondents County Boards of Elections insofar as that guidance purported to change the deadline … for certain electors to verify proof of identification,” Judge Mary Hannah Leavitt said in a court order.
Pennsylvania recently held legislative hearings to investigate the complaints.
Several Republican candidates and voters filed a lawsuit against Pennsylvania, the General Assembly, the governor, and Secretary of State. The lawsuit seeks to block the state from certifying the election results and asks the court to exclude mail-in ballots from the certified results, or alternatively direct the general assembly to choose its own electors.
Republican Sen. Pat Toomey of Pennsylvania called on President Trump to accept the outcome of the Nov. 3 election and move forward with the transition process in order to protect his presidential legacy.
“President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania,” Toomey said in a lengthy statement.
Senator Toomey’s Saturday night statement came soon after a federal judge dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit challenging the results in Pennsylvania by alleging that election officials in Democratic-leaning counties allowed voters to fix errors on their mail-in ballots. The Trump campaign has vowed to the appeal the ruling.
- Read the complaint here.
- Read the DNC’s amicus brief opposing motion for emergency/special prohibitory injunction here.
- Read the order enjoining the certification of remaining results pending an evidentiary hearing here.
- Read the notice of appeal here.Read the order here.Read the plaintiffs’ application for stay here.
- Read the order denying emergency application for stay here.
- Read the Republicans’ appeal to SCOTUS here.R
- Read Pennsylvania’s opposition to the Republicans’ appeal here.Read the U.S. Supreme Court order here.
Pakistan Big Data Firm Kavtech Received Nevada’s Voter Rolls
The non-profit voter integrity organization True the Vote, alerted state and federal authorities after it received an email back from the Nevada secretary of state’s website with an employee of Pakistani company Kavtech carbon copied.
FBI Investigating Diverted Voter Rolls
On November 29, 2020, a user with the email [email protected] requested a download of the voter rolls from the Secretary of State’s website. At first I thought Roberta was a hacked email used to download the data, but True the Vote has confirmed they requested the link. My attempts to identify who is “Roberta” have come up blank.
[FACT CHECK: The statewide voter registration database is publicly accessible through the Secretary of Stat’s office and available in either hard copy or by a variety of electronic formats, including online. The system is automated, thus all claims that the Secretary of State, herself, sent the entire voter file to Pakistan are intentionally misleading.]
I was able to directly confirm with the Election Division of the Secretary of State’s office that the incident did happen, and that there is an Active FBI investigation. No details as of yet if the file was downloaded abroad.
Whether there is a nefarious reason for the data being sent to Kavtech is the bigger question. The company is a major player in big data. When I downloaded the raw data dump file after the election I had issues porting it into a platform that is capable of opening it, let alone analyzing it. There are simply too many records for all but enterprise grade data companies to handle.
According to the company website, “Kavtech specialize is in Data Management with state of the art solutions for data integration, data visualization, data warehousing, data administration, data cleansing and business Intelligence our experts can convert your data into valuable asset for your company.”
This expertise could be helpful to anyone wanting to audit the voter rolls, cross-check other state voter registrations, or any number of additional data analyses… but True the Vote alerted the authorities that the cc was unauthorized…
Catherine Engelbrecht, ‘True the Vote’ President, released a letter on her website to John C. Demers, Assistant Attorney General for National Security, “Pursuant to making our request to the Nevada Secretary of State, the state’s website provided the information through a downloadable voter file via email. When it arrived, I was shocked to see the inclusion of another email address in the CC line.”
The unsubstantiated claim that Kavtech has ties to Pakistani intelligence seems to have started from this same letter in which Engelbrecht states, “The address was [email protected] Waqas Butt is the CEO of Kavtech Solutions Ltd.. Kavtech is a Pakistani owned company, located in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan, with ties to Pakistani intelligence, military, and the interior.”
“The fact that this company was cc’ed on an email containing access to the Nevada voter registration database appears to be evidence of a breach within the Nevada Secretary of State’s email system,” Engelbrecht told Demers.
“Obviously, the problems that such a breach may evidence include access to at least the voter registration information of Nevada residents. At worst it could reveal a breach that gives a foreign power access to not only the State of Nevada’s systems, but also to the email systems of anyone whom the State communicates with via email,” she added.
As well as attaching the voter file email to the Demers letter, they mysterious Roberta appears to also have forwarded it to [email protected] – Gregg Phillips, of Opsec Group, LLC, which was only formed September 17, 2020, but many will remember him as the former head of the Mississippi Department of Human Services and the author of a tweet, cited by U.S. President Donald Trump, which claims that between three and five million non-citizens voted in the 2016 elections for Hillary Clinton. This claim went viral despite Phillips never releasing the analysis of the data obtained from State election divisions and collected through the app VoteStand, a partnership between Phillips company and True the Vote, which is advertised to be the “first online election fraud reporting app” available to voters across the country “to quickly report suspected election illegalities as they happen.” The original purpose of the partnership was to update and analyze voter registration data in the U.S. to supposedly identify indicators of each person voting such as citizenship or non-citizenship, identity, and felony status.
We have verified more than three million votes cast by non-citizens.
— Gregg Phillips (@JumpVote) November 13, 2016Original tweet from now defunct @jumpvote twitter account run by gregg phillips
In my twenties I worked at Fair, Isaac, pumping millions of consumer credit files through the scorecards built by the brilliant PhDs in the division I worked for to ensure they performed as specified. I’m not new to big data, how to work with it or more than that, how to manipulate it to get the results you want.
I’ve personally analyzed the 2016 data and the statistical irregularities in Los Angeles and New York, and the two counties which totaled the entirety of Clinton’s claimed popular vote win are deeply suspect. Phillips could have a point.
During an interview with Breitbart News, Engelbrecht asked, “Why would they [Pakistani company] be getting this information? Why would they show up on a cc line? There’s no good way to look at that should make anyone feel confident in the security of this process.”
Indeed, the majority of voters in this country do not feel confident. For good reason.
When I downloaded the voter rolls the first thing I noticed is that there are more than ten million records. The National Voter Registration Act requires that State’s clean their voter roles every two years and not less than 90 days prior to any federal election.
According to the Secretary of State’s official election statistics, there are 2,062,466 registered voters, of which, 1,865,551 are considered “active voters” who voted in the 2020 Presidential Election. The data does not easily lend it self to negative tests, as in, are not “registered.” But with more than eight million extraneous voters on the rolls, one has to wonder what could be done…
And while the system allows users to add additional email addresses where the link to the completed report can be downloaded, it is unclear whether the user logged in as [email protected] added the address, or if a hacker added the cc to all emails to that address, and if so on whose mail servers? Only the FBI has the headers from the email to see where the cc was inserted, and it may very well be true that the Secretary of State’s website was hacked. But another possibility is that since True the Vote has already publically stated they are acquiring all of the voter rolls, so a savvy hacker might believe it’s easier to hack the non-governmental server. Calls to True the Vote were not returned as of publication.
Wherever the hack originated, and the FBI should be able to easily trace it, what is concerning is that personally identifiable information is included in the voter rolls. Combined with the millions of data points already commercially available, it would not be difficult to create detailed personas of eligible voters who are “inactive” and take over those accounts. Scary, but not difficult.
From its web presence, Kavtech appears to be primarily a mobile app developer, having launched apps like, “What’s My Age,” and “How Do I Look” in the Google Play store along with several others. And while several sites have shared a diagram of the connections to Pakistani ISI and indeed one of their employees posted a tweet with the hashtag #YesIamISI, the “evidence” feels like a stretch.
But their tech stack capabilities do appear that they are capable of much more than a simple game. I could find no clear nefarious ties to ISI for Kavtech’s CEO Waqas Butt, who has an apparently clear work history, references, and demonstrated technical abilities… but, if I were a spook looking to navigate millions, or hundreds of millions of voter records and analyze opportunities, Kavtech the tech stack I’d be looking for…
Analyzing the Case for Election Fraud
Despite the overwhelming pressure, if you can’t help but feel that tingling sense of knowing that is telling you there’s more to the story, you are not alone. In fact, according to a new Rassmussen poll, nearly 50% of voters believe the election had issues. A quick look at the data blatantly shows that indeed, shenanigans abound (how can a state have 1+ million more mail-in ballots tallied than they sent out?). But was it fraud or masterful gamesmanship?
The world, or at least the global media, has spoken: Biden won the 2020 Election.
UPDATED FREQUENTLY WITH NEW INFORMATION – Last update 12/21/2020
A quick Google search reveals pages upon pages of reports of why the Trump team’s assertions of vote fraud and election fraud and vote flipping are flat out fallacies. YouTube has announced a ban on any videos questioning the election results. And now on Monday all 538 electors have voted, formalizing Biden’s 306-232 win. And while there is still Congress to get through, and the inauguration, based on social media and television news and practically every other point of information bombarding society today, Biden is now the President-elect.
But why now, after Government officials confirmed during Senate testimony that a foreign adversary, Russia, attempted to interfere in the 2016 United States Presidential Election via “a multi-faceted approach intended to undermine confidence in our democratic process.” According to U.S. intelligence official reports, Russia targeted voter registration databases in at least 21 states and sought to infiltrate the networks of voting equipment vendors, political parties, and at least one local election board. And if their purpose was not so much to “hack” the election but create chaos and sow seeds of uncertainty around our election process, I would say they have won. But what if this cycle, it was Russia who somehow manipulated extra ballots and placed the blame on the Democrats? What if…?
Russian Experience With Voter Fraud
The 2004 presidential election in Ukraine saw suspiciously high turnout rates that “even Stalinist North Korea would envy,” the State Department declared!
Back then, the U.S. government decried as corrupt an earlier election where special voting boxes were created to help citizens vote from home, election observers were expelled from vote counts, pre-election polls were wildly off, and voter turnout in certain communities exceeded 90%.
But the story of that Ukrainian election as recounted by then-Ambassador John Tefft to a Senate committee in December 2004 raises a tantalizing question for voters distrustful of the Nov. 3 elections results in our own 2020 Presidential Election: If tactics and outcomes in the Ukrainian election back then were enough to cry foul, why can’t Americans debate similar concerns here?
Tefft’s testimony raises an important question: Should America, the greatest democracy in the world, share any of the fraudulent attributes of a Ukrainian election? The answer for most Americans is hopefully resounding “No.”
And despite continued and repeated headlines that there was no fraud, according to the Harvard Kenney School report on Election Integrity this cycle, expert assessments indicate that compared with 2016, the performance of this contest displays several warning flags, namely worsening confidence in the integrity of American elections and falling public trust, challenges to legitimacy arising from threats of campaign violence,legal disputes about the process and results, and public protests about the outcome, as well as growing attempts at voter suppression.
Michigan’s Antrim County Audit of Dominion Voting Systems Audit Reveals Staggaring Irregularities
After a judge’s decision Monday morning, the results of an audit of ballot counting machines in Antrim County are now being made available to the public.
A lawsuit filed last month by Bill Bailey led to the forensic examination. The audit was done by the Allied Security Operations Group – a cybersecurity firm in Texas.
The United States uses electronic voting machines supplied by Dominion Voting Systems Corporation were tainted and the audit trail required to prove the integrity of those machines has been erased. Other jurisdictions across the United States have used the company’s products, some for years. Dominion says it serves more than 40 percent of American voters and that its products are used in 28 states.
You can (and you should) read the damning results of the forensic investigation of the Dominion Voting System machines used in Antrim County, Michigan. The public release of the audit was authorized by Judge Kevin Elsenheimer despite opposition. It takes a closer look at the voting operation system used to count the ballots in Antrim County. Here are the key facts from this investigation:
- The audit states that computer analysis shows that “On November 21, 2020, an unauthorized user unsuccessfully attempted to zero out election results. This demonstrates … direct proof of an attempt to tamper with evidence.”
- The machine tabulated results reported on November 3, 2020 show there were 12,423 votes for President–with Joe Biden receiving 7,769 and Donald Trump garnering 4,509. The machine count for 3 November shows that only 56% of the registered voters cast a ballot for President. But a subsequent tabulation three weeks later (21 November) put Trump on top with 9,748 votes to Biden’s 5,960. The total votes for President increased by 3,526 and the turnout approached 73%.
- A staggering number of the ballots cast in Antrim required ADJUDICATION. The Dominion system classifies ballots into two categories, 1) normal ballots and 2) adjudicated ballots. Ballots sent to adjudication can be altered by administrators, and adjudication files can be moved between different Results Tally and Reporting (RTR) terminals with no audit trail of which administrator actually adjudicates (i.e. votes) the ballot batch.
- In Central Lake Township, for example, 81.96% of the 1,491 total ballots cast were adjudicated, which means that the decision about who received the vote was made by election personnel.
- All the ADJUDICATION logs for the November 2020 election cycle are missing while the files for previous years still exist. The lack of current records prevents any form of audit accountability.
- All server security logs prior to 11:03 pm on November 4, 2020 are missing. This means that all security logs for the day after the election, on election day, and prior to election day are gone. These logs contain domain controls, authentication failures, error codes, times users logged on and off, network connections to file servers between file accesses, internet connections, times, and data transfers.
- An unauthorized user unsuccessfully attempted to zero out election results on November 21, 2020.
- The Election Event Designer Log shows that Dominion Image Cast Precinct Cards were programmed with new ballot programming on 10/23/2020 and then again after the election on 11/05/2020. Specifically, the Central Lake Township tabulator tape totals were significantly altered by utilizing two different program versions (10/23/2020 and 11/05/2020), both of which were software changes during an election–a clear violation of election law.
- Antrim County used two software packages with the Dominion machines–one counted actual votes (i.e. tabulated) and the other CALCULATED ballot totals.
- The tabulator tape totals prove there were large numbers of votes switched from the November 3, 2020 tape to the November 6, 2020 tape. This was solely based on using different software versions of the operating program to calculate votes.
- A high “error rate” in the election software (in this case 68.05%) means an algorithm was used that weighted one candidate greater than another (for instance, weight a specific candidate at a 2/3 to approximately 1/3 ratio). The Antrim logs show that the RCV or Ranked Choice Voting Algorithm was enabled (see image below from the Dominion manual), which allows the user to apply a weighted numerical value to candidates and change the overall result.
- The Dominion voting machines used in Antrim County are used in 48 other Michigan counties, which calls into question the entire results of the Presidential election.
Also according to ASOG, “The Election Event Designer Log shows that Dominion ImageCast Precinct Cards were programmed with new ballot programming on 10/23/2020 and then again after the election on 11/05/2020…. In accordance with the Help America Vote Act, this violates the 90-day Safe Harbor Period which prohibits changes to election systems, registries, hardware/software updates without undergoing re-certification. According to the National Conference of State Legislatures – Michigan requires full compliance with federal standards.”
“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,” said Secretary Benson upon the release of the report. “There continues to be no evidence of widespread fraud…”
In response to this major development, former New York City Mayor and attorney to President Trump, Rudolph Giuliani, said:
“The findings in Antrim County, where the error rate was a mind-blowing 68%, the ballot rejection rate was 82%, and software security records and adjudication files were missing, in violation of state and federal laws, are nothing short of mind-blowing. The evidence of fraud is undisputable.
“The records for security changes, adjudication processes, and systems files that would show remote internet access to the voting systems, were found to be missing from the Antrim County systems. Such information is in place for previous election years, but not for 2020, violation of Michigan state law MCL 168.811 requiring retention of voting records for 22 months. Election software is certified for the entire state, and thus, the error rates and rejection rates of Antrim County’s software, can be expected to be replicated across all Dominion machines throughout Michigan as they should be running the exact same software systems.
“Further to hiding the true vote count from the Michigan votes, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson issued a directive on December 1, 2020, for all County Clerks in Michigan to destroy the evidence of voting processes by deleting electronic voting data and records by December 8, 2020. We now know what evidence they are seeking to destroy – massive movement and miscounting of Michigan citizens’ votes – and that they are doing so in violation of state law.
“These results prove what we have said all along about the management of the ballot fraud perpetrated through these Dominion voting machines: that these machines were intentionally manipulated to move votes, deny voters their desired election choices, and, ultimately, though national use of these corrupted systems, achieve a victory for Joe Biden.
“This certainly requires state leaders to halt any further approval of presidential electors until all of these machines have been seized for auditing and analysis. This new revelation makes it clear that the vote count being presented now by the democrats in Michigan constitutes an intentionally false and misleading representation of the final vote tally. The Electors simply cannot be certified based on these demonstrably false vote counts.
“The results are expected to be the same in major cities across the swing states, as we have now proven in Antrim County, MI, thanks to the prudent decision by Judge Elsenheimer to allow the release of the audit today.”