"Unprecedented in modern elections": Trump conspiracy theorists breach voting systems in 5 states | Salon.com

  
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By:   Igor Derysh (Salon)

"Unprecedented in modern elections": Trump conspiracy theorists breach voting systems in 5 states  | Salon.com
Some of the breaches were linked to efforts to investigate nonexistent fraud funded by Mike Lindell.

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Republicans made eight attempts to breach voting systems in five states in search of evidence of a debunked conspiracy theory that voting machines flipped votes from former President Donald Trump to President Joe Biden, according to a Reuters investigation.

Trump allies targeted voting systems in Colorado, North Carolina, Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania. At least five of the breaches are under investigation by federal or local law enforcement. Four of the breaches forced officials to decertify or replace voting equipment due to security concerns. All of the attempts involved Republican officials or party activists who have pushed false claims about Trump's election loss.

Four voting law experts told Reuters that the extent of the breaches is "unprecedented in modern U.S. elections."

"You need to make sure that those ballots are maintained under strict chain of custody at all times," David Becker, executive director of the nonpartisan Center for Election Innovation and Research, told the outlet. "It's destroying voter confidence in the United States."

Surveillance video obtained by Reuters shows Republican Elbert County, Colo. Clerk Dallas Schroeder attempting to copy hard drives containing sensitive voting data. He later testified that he received instructions from a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist to make a "forensic image of everything on the election server."

Schroeder is under investigation for potentially violating election laws by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who also sued him to try to force him to return the data. Schroeder is refusing to comply with the state and identify a lawyer who took the hard drives. His other attorney works with an activist backed by conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow.

Lindell is funding numerous groups involved in the years-long effort to try to find evidence of their bogus conspiracy theory. Lindell told Reuters he hired four members of the U.S. Integrity Plan (USEIP), a pro-Trump group that allegedly sent armed members door-to-door to investigate fraud claims in Colorado. He claimed he has spent about $30 million in total and hired 70 people in the failed effort.

"We've got to get rid of the machines!" Lindell told the outlet. "We need to melt them down and use them for prison bars and put everyone in prison that was involved with them."

The breaches appear to have been inspired by the false belief that voting system upgrades or maintenance required by the state would delete evidence of their fraud conspiracy theory. Election officials told Reuters that such updates have no impact on the preservation of past data.

But such breaches could violate voter privacy and underscore growing concerns of potential "insider threats," officials told the outlet. Griswold's office told Reuters that the data accessed by Schroeder likely included ballot images that showed how people cast their ballots.

In another Colorado incident, Lindell ally Tina Peters, the Mesa County clerk, allowed an unauthorized person to copy a "forensic image" of a voting system hard drive before sensitive passwords to access the voting system were published on right-wing conspiracy sites. Peters, who was indicted on 10 criminal counts over the breach, baselessly accused the voting machine company Dominion and Griswold of a conspiracy to destroy evidence of election-rigging.

Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani and Sidney Powell repeatedly pushed baseless claims that Dominion, in an extensive conspiracy involving China, billionaire financier George Soros, and late Venezuelan leader Hugo Chavez, rigged the election against Trump. Dominion and Smartmatic, another voting equipment company that got dragged into the conspiracy theory despite having no ties to Dominion, have filed multi-billion-dollar defamation lawsuits against Giuliani, Powell and Lindell, among others.

Dominion told Reuters that the conspiracy theories "have been repeatedly debunked, including by bipartisan government officials."

It's unclear whether any data was accessed in another apparent breach in Michigan's Adams Township, where the key component of a ballot counting machine went missing for four days last fall before it was found at the office of a clerk who posted QAnon memes on social media. The clerk, Stephanie Scott, was stripped of her duties in October by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson after refusing to perform legally-required maintenance. She later sued Benson in February, alleging that she was unconstitutionally punished.

In another incident in Cross Village, Michigan, a woman named Tera Jackson impersonated an official from the non-existent "Election Integrity Commission" to gain access to the town's ballot-counting machine last January and tried to clone it. She ultimately pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor charge in exchange for prosecutors dropping charges of fraud and illegal access. Three men that she worked with, including a former law enforcement officer who showed up with a bulletproof vest and a gun, gained access to a vote tabulator but don't appear to have been able to clone the drive. The men were not charged because prosecutors said they believed they were misled by Jackson.

The most recent breach was in March in North Carolina, where Surrey County GOP Chair William Keith Senter threatened to have elections director Michella Huff fired if she did not give him access to a vote-counting machine. Senter and conspiracy theorist Douglas Frank met Huff in March to claim that a "chip" inside the machine was used to rig the election. The state election board reported the threats against Huff to law enforcement.

"I'm very concerned for the voters," Huff told Reuters. "Democracy starts here. It starts here in our office."

After the Colorado breaches, Lindell hired four USEIP members to head Cause for America, a right-wing network of election conspiracists. The group has continued to search for evidence of fraud despite coming up empty since 2020.

"I have over probably 50 to 70 people that I pay, that all they're doing is on this election," Lindell told Reuters. "I guess Cause of America would be a little piece of that."

Griswold accused the election conspiracists of seeking to suppress opposing voters.

"These threats are being fueled by extreme elected officials and political insiders who are spreading the Big Lie," she told Reuters, "to further suppress the vote, destabilize American elections, and undermine voter confidence."

 


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devangelical
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1  seeder  devangelical    2 months ago

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Veronica
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2  Veronica    2 months ago
found at the office of a clerk who posted QAnon memes on social media.

But it's not them cheating or lying......~S~

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
2.1  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Veronica @2    2 months ago

Q-nuts, white supremacists, neo-nazis, autocrats, and thumpers make up the entire trump cult

 
 
 
Tessylo
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2.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @2.1    2 months ago

How can anyone sane or decent support the trumpturd?

 
 
 
devangelical
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2.1.2  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    2 months ago

nobody sane or decent can...

 
 
 
cjcold
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2.1.3  cjcold  replied to  Tessylo @2.1.1    2 months ago

Seems we used to have mental hospitals for those kind of folk.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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3  Trout Giggles    2 months ago
"We've got to get rid of the machines!" Lindell told the outlet. "We need to melt them down and use them for prison bars and put everyone in prison that was involved with them."

I want you to be the first one to enjoy those bars, Mikey

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @3    2 months ago

he's on his way to getting his crack smoked at club fed.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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3.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @3.1    2 months ago

Has he pissed away his entire fortune defending the trumpturd?

I saw some of his ads a couple of weekends ago on TV and I wanted to puke.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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3.1.2  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @3.1.1    2 months ago

he needs to sell more pillows to cushion his butt-hurt legal problems.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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4  Trout Giggles    2 months ago

Good Gawd! These people are even more corrupt than I thought!

 
 
 
Tessylo
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4.1  Tessylo  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    2 months ago

Yet some prefer the corrupt over the ideologue!

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Gsquared
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4.2  Gsquared  replied to  Trout Giggles @4    2 months ago

These people are just exactly as corrupt as I thought.

 
 
 
Kavika
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5  Kavika     2 months ago

Mike Lindell leader of the pack of moosh nooshes.

 
 
 
devangelical
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5.1  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Kavika @5    2 months ago

dominion will own his dumb ass in a short amount of time.

 
 
 
JohnRussell
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6  JohnRussell    2 months ago

The treachery of MAGA activists is deep and wide and the rest of the country better wake the hell up. 

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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7  Greg Jones    2 months ago

Colorado's voting process is very secure and should be used as a nationwide example of proper practice.

All these bat shit crazy Republican conspiracy nuts should be sued into silence, prosecuted, and/or primaried out.

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.1  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Greg Jones @7    2 months ago

blah, blah, blah. you're going to end up standing in line for 3 hours to vote if trumpsters get their way.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1.1  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @7.1    2 months ago

He probably mails in his vote!

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.1.2  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @7.1.1    2 months ago

almost everyone in colorado does now.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1.3  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @7.1.2    2 months ago

There are some states, and I don't know if Colorado was one of them, where the majority of their voters were mail in ballots and there was never a problem until trumpturd and company comes along.

Imagine that!

I received my paper work to send in if I wanted to mail in my vote a while back.  I won't mail it in.  My polling location is less than a block away from me.  Right across the street at the High School.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.1.4  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @7.1.3    2 months ago

the cult wants fewer places to vote, a shorter time segment to do it, and think 270 that million people should show up in person and all do it in 1 day. it's the only way they can win.

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1.5  Tessylo  replied to  devangelical @7.1.4    2 months ago

Yup, by lying, cheating, and stealing.  

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.1.6  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Tessylo @7.1.5    2 months ago

ie: trumpster family values

 
 
 
Greg Jones
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7.1.7  Greg Jones  replied to  Tessylo @7.1.1    2 months ago
"He probably mails in his vote!"

I could, but to save a stamp, I walk a couple blocks over to the community center's secure  drop box

 
 
 
Tessylo
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7.1.8  Tessylo  replied to  Greg Jones @7.1.7    2 months ago

Does that saving a stamp equal the price of say a cup of prune juice?

 
 
 
devangelical
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7.1.9  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Greg Jones @7.1.7    2 months ago

one of those secure collection boxes the right wing claims are so easy to break into, or even move, like the one in my neighborhood? /s

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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8  Jack_TX    2 months ago
Four of the breaches forced officials to decertify or replace voting equipment due to security concerns. 

Whatever we do, let's completely ignore this.  We must pay zero attention to the fact that voting machines were breached, apparently by morons.

Fortunately, there aren't any good hackers in China or Russia, so everything will be totally fine.....

What could possibly go wrong?

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.1  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Jack_TX @8    2 months ago

how are russian or chinese hackers going to access machines that aren't online?

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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8.1.1  Trout Giggles  replied to  devangelical @8.1    2 months ago

They have super secret lasers that can target one voting machine at a time

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
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8.1.2  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1.1    2 months ago
hey have super secret lasers that can target one voting machine at a time

You obviously don't know Jack, Maybe they snort the machines, right off line, or perhaps, a Russian prostitutes behin\df, the times, cause they've looked high n low, n only place seems the GOP could show voter/election fraud, is in that piece of glass, that reflected a whole  big ass , group, who continue to stoop, till flown, is the coop  D villlage, as the continued rape and pillage affectx US All, and alll brought to US, by the minds so FCKN SMALL....

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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8.1.3  Jack_TX  replied to  devangelical @8.1    2 months ago
how are russian or chinese hackers going to access machines that aren't online?

OK, so not hackers, agents.  Whatever.

If these assholes can breach the machines, think of what smart people could do.

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.1.4  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Jack_TX @8.1.3    2 months ago

gee, I thought the my pillow nut's IT guys were top of the line.

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.1.5  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.1.1    2 months ago
They have super secret lasers that can target one voting machine at a time

... with italian satellites and dead central american dictators.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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8.2  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jack_TX @8    2 months ago
We must pay zero attention to the fact that voting machines were breached, apparently by morons.

It doesn't look to me that they are ignoring the security breaches by the morons. The seed specifically points out who did what and what could happen to them.

Surveillance video obtained by Reuters shows Republican Elbert County, Colo. Clerk Dallas Schroeder attempting to copy hard drives containing sensitive voting data. He later testified that he received instructions from a pro-Trump conspiracy theorist to make a "forensic image of everything on the election server." Schroeder is under investigation for potentially violating election laws by Colorado Secretary of State Jena Griswold, who also sued him to try to force him to return the data. Schroeder is refusing to comply with the state and identify a lawyer who took the hard drives. His other attorney works with an activist backed by conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell, the founder of MyPillow.

Did you happen to catch that in the seed?

 
 
 
igknorantzrulz
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8.2.1  igknorantzrulz  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.2    2 months ago
catch that in the seed?

some feel they'll catch germinate, from a truthful seed....

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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8.2.2  Jack_TX  replied to  Trout Giggles @8.2    2 months ago
It doesn't look to me that they are ignoring the security breaches by the morons. The seed specifically points out who did what and what could happen to them.

Yes.  I don't care what happens to the morons.  I am concerned that the system can be breached.

 
 
 
Trout Giggles
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8.2.3  Trout Giggles  replied to  Jack_TX @8.2.2    2 months ago

Yes, I see what you are saying

 
 
 
devangelical
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8.2.4  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Jack_TX @8.2.2    2 months ago

it was breached in CO because elected officials willfully violated the states security protocols. the question now is will they get away with it because of why and who they did it for.

 
 
 
Jack_TX
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8.2.5  Jack_TX  replied to  devangelical @8.2.4    2 months ago

That's like saying "two people broke into the bank vault and stole $100, and the question now is whether or not they'll get away with it".

No...the question is "how the fuck do we make sure somebody can't get in there and do a lot worse?"

 
 
 
devangelical
Professor Principal
8.2.6  seeder  devangelical  replied to  Jack_TX @8.2.5    2 months ago

false equivalency. to stop like crimes, you make the penalty for them over the top in severity.

 
 

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