He said, she said.
It turns out that your opinion about Dominion Voting Systems depends not only on who you are but when you’re asked.
If you zip way back to December 2019, then, if you are Democratic Sens. Elizabeth Warren, Ron Wyden, or Amy Klobuchar, you are very worried about their security.
Back then, these high-minded public servants wrote letters warning that these widely used voting systems were “prone to security problems.” “We are particularly concerned,” they wrote, that “voting machines and other election administration equipment, ‘have long skimped on security in favor of convenience.’”
That was in December of last year—the good old days when NBC, for example, warned about “Chinese parts” and “hidden ownership” of the machines.
“Chinese manufacturers,” they noted, “can be forced to cooperate with requests from Chinese intelligence officials to share any information about the technology and therefore pose a risk for U.S. companies,” not to mention “the concern of machines shipped with undetected vulnerabilities or backdoors that could allow tampering.”
As I say, that was a year ago.
Today, post-Nov. 3, 2020, you don’t hear the Democrats worrying out loud about the security of the machines that counted (not to say manufactured) the votes that led to Joe Biden’s apparent victory.
On the contrary, to raise questions now about Dominion Voting Systems and the software that powers them, as Sidney Powell, Lin Wood, and others have done, is to obstruct “democracy” and promulgate “conspiracy theories.”
Zip back to 2006, and you find CNN running stories about how vulnerable electronic voting systems are to interference and hacking. Back then, the watchword was “Democracy for sale.”
It was all especially worrisome since the machines are used in some 2000 counties across 30 states.
So who are you going to believe?
Powell alleges the origins of the software used by Dominion are with Smartmatic which allegedly assured the victory of Hugo Chávez in Venezuela. She says it can be programmed to weight the results, giving one candidate an automatic advantage, and she says further that this actually happened in the 2020 election to favor Biden and other Democratic candidates. (She says it happened in 2016, too, only the software wasn’t programmed to give Hillary Clinton enough votes to beat Donald Trump.)
It will be interesting to see if she can prove it. Apparently, the Trump legal team has worries, since late in the afternoon on Nov. 22, Jenna Ellis, part of that team, pointedly announced that Powell was “not a member of the Trump legal team.”
For its part, a Dominion spokesman claims that the company is “non-partisan,” that it has “no connections” with “Venezuela, Germany, Barcelona,” or other countries.
He claims further that “It is not physically possible for our machines to switch votes from one candidate to the other. … There is no way such a massive fraud could have taken place.”
That makes me feel so much better. How about you?
I especially like it that, according to this Dominion rep, “the electronic vote can be audited via a paper trail.”
Meanwhile, The New York Times has performed a public service, albeit inadvertently.
It turns out that the outlet had recorded and published real-time data from the election. It didn’t report on the data, but one alert commentator, Woody Jenkins, has analyzed the data for Georgia and Pennsylvania.
The results are shocking.
The data for Georgia shows Biden picking up 16 tranches of exactly 4,800 votes each (or multiples of 4,800) over the course of a few days, first erasing Trump’s lead and then skipping into the lead.
“How did it happen? There is no possible explanation,” Jenkins notes, “except vote fraud.”
A similar tale unfolded in Pennsylvania, except that there were 44 tranches of vote dumps, each of 6,000 votes (or multiples of 6,000).
“In both states,” Jenkins writes, “the ‘votes’ counted were not the votes of real people. They were simply added digitally, which a complete recount of both states would detect.”
What are we waiting for?
Abraham Lincoln, in a message to Congress on July 4, 1861, early in the Civil War, noted that “ballots are the rightful and peaceful successors of bullets, and that when ballots have fairly and constitutionally decided there can be no successful appeal back to bullets.”
Note the qualification: “When ballots have fairly and constitutionally decided.” What happens when they are not fairly and constitutionally counted and, moreover, when they are widely seen not to be?
Sixty-odd years before Lincoln spoke, John Adams, in his inaugural address of 1797, said: “We should be unfaithful to ourselves if we should ever lose sight of the danger to our Liberties if anything partial or extraneous should infect the purity of our free, fair, virtuous, and independent elections.
“If an election is to be determined by a majority of a single vote, and that can be procured by a party through artifice or corruption, the Government may be the choice of a party for its own ends, not of the nation for the national good.”
I wonder what Adams would say about the election we are living through now?
Roger Kimball is the editor and publisher of The New Criterion and publisher of Encounter Books. His most recent book is “Who Rules? Sovereignty, Nationalism, and the Fate of Freedom in the 21st Century.”
Views expressed in this article are the opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Epoch Times.