Michigan Lawyer: Trump Should Take Action After Voting Machine Audit in Antrim County

By Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Jack Phillips
Breaking News Reporter
Jack Phillips is a senior reporter for The Epoch Times based in New York. He covers breaking news.
December 15, 2020Updated: December 20, 2020

A Michigan attorney involved in the Antrim County case said he hopes President Donald Trump will act after a forensic audit report of Dominion Voting Systems machines.

Matthew DePerno, who is representing an Antrim County plaintiff, told Newsmax Monday that he hopes Trump and the White House read the report (pdf) from Allied Security Operations Group “and understand how significant the findings are.”

“We hope that we’ve given him something to go on here based on our investigation because if this happened in Antrim County and with these machines, there’s 48 other counties in Michigan that used the same machines, and there’s hundreds of counties across the country that also use them. And foreign interference like this needs to be dealt with, and I think the president will take action,” he said of the findings in the report, which was retweeted by President Trump on Monday.

Dominion also disputed the findings in the report, saying that “there were no software ‘glitches’ that ‘switched’ votes in Antrim County or anywhere else … The errors identified in Antrim County were isolated human errors not involving Dominion.” Dominion added: “Antrim County does not license nor use digital adjudication. To the extent Antrim County needed to resolve any absentee ballots, it was done manually … outside the tabulation system.”

The firm added in an emailed statement on Dec. 18: “The results of the hand recount in Antrim County confirmed what we already knew and have communicated under oath: our machines accurately tabulate votes. We are proud certifications and audits across the country have repeatedly shown the accuracy, transparency, and reliability of Dominion’s systems. We are grateful to serve as one of Michigan’s election technology providers.”

Allied Security Operations and its co-founder Russell Ramsland, a former NASA official and official in the Reagan administration, said that they found that ballot-adjudication logs and the security logs for the Nov. 3 general election in Antrim County’s Dominion Voting Systems machines were removed. They said the logs of prior elections before Nov. 3 were still there.

“The adjudication process is the simplest way to manually manipulate votes. The lack of records prevents any form of audit accountability, and their conspicuous absence is extremely suspicious since the files exist for previous years using the same software,” Ramsland wrote. “We must conclude that the 2020 election cycle records have been manually removed.”

Ramsland furthermore said his team found that Antrim County’s machines rejected a considerable number of ballots for adjudication, a manual process that allows election workers to cure ballots before they are re-submitted. Those machines, he said, had an error rate of 68.05 percent. The Federal Election Commission allows for an error rate of 0.0008 percent.

The report also stipulated that Dominion’s machines were “intentionally and purposefully designed with inherent errors” to produce “systemic fraud” during the election.

“The system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors. The electronic ballots are then transferred for adjudication,” Ramsland wrote. “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.”

The Allied report was disparaged on Monday by Michigan election officials, who described it as inaccurate, while the Michigan Secretary of State’s office tried to cast doubt on Allied Security Operations. “Anyone can have an opinion, but it doesn’t necessarily mean the opinion is based on fact or science,” said Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel in a news release.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, added: “If the Trump campaign had any actual evidence of wrongdoing—or genuine suspicion thereof—they could have requested a hand recount of every ballot in the state. They did not, instead choosing to allow shadowy organizations claiming expertise to throw around baseless claims of fraud in an effort to mislead American voters and undermine the integrity of the election.”

Michigan Bureau of Elections Director Jonathan Brater, in a court filing, said Ramsland’s findings make “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.”

The Allied Security report was released after Judge Kevin Elsenheimer ordered it to be released during a Monday morning hearing.

On Monday, Trump wrote of the report: “WOW. This report shows massive fraud. Election changing result!”

The Epoch Times reached out to Antrim County and Dominion for comment and didn’t hear back.