(Republican Party News) – Dominion voting machines have now arrived in Stark County, Ohio this week, being dropped off at the Board of Elections (screen shot here). This particular purchase has come with a whole lot of controversy, mostly due to the negative attention the Dominion company has received following the very suspect 2020 presidential election.
According to a report from Gateway Pundit, the county was charged a whopping $6.17 million, up front, for these machines. That’s a healthy chunk of change from taxpayers, wouldn’t you agree?
Here’s what the purchase includes, via CodeMonkeyZ:
-1,450 ImageCast X voting machines at $3,500 each.
-1,450 voting machine leg stands at $350 each.
-Four mail-in and paper ballot scanners at $25,000 each.
-Tabulation server for $17,000.
-Software to run the equipment for $170,000.
-Software to examine filled-in paper ballots to evaluate voter intent for $35,000.
So the thing that really sticks out here is the software designed to evaluate a voter’s intent. That sounds super shady right off the bat. Why do county election officials find it necessary to use a controversial voting machine in order to evaluate the intent of local voters?
According to The Review, “The past couple of weeks, warehouse managers have been accepting shipments of the Dominion Voting Systems ImageCast X machines – which have been a point of controversy in the county. Workers have been opening the boxes, inspecting the machines for damage and testing them.”
“Travis Secrest, an administrative assistant for the Board of Elections, said the equipment so far has passed all of the tests,” the Review noted, adding, “Many of the machines still had plastic film on their touchscreens as of last week. All 1,450 are expected to arrive by the end of August. They’re scheduled to be used for the Nov. 2 general election and during the in-person early-voting period…”
“…Dominion quoted a retail cost for the new voting equipment of $6.17 million upfront, plus $331,550 a year to cover the software license, the hardware warranty and some ballot printing. The state covered $3.27 million. Dominion extended a trade-in credit of $1.7 million, reducing Stark County’s upfront cost to $1.48 million,” the report continued.
“The rest of the cost covers smartcards, battery chargers, USB drives, a workstation for the Board of Elections to examine paper ballots, backup batteries, training, on-site technical support, seals for the machines, installation, and assistance in state-required logistics and accuracy testing,” the report added.
Officials have said that these new voting machines are not connected to any sort of network. But we’ve heard that one before, haven’t we? They also claim that these machines will be locked and sealed, only able to be opened by a Democrat or Republican poll worker.
“Secrest said each machine counts how many ballots were cast on the machine and that total can be checked against the number of paper receipts and a count of how many voters checked in at a polling location to vote,” the Review report continued.
“So there’s a series of tests that take place… to make sure that the machines are functioning correctly. That the ballots are being tabulated correctly. And that the entire system is secure,” Secrest went on to say.
The bottom line here is that if a machine is coming from Dominion, it shouldn’t be used. We already know there has been shady activity from these machines during the last election. Why in the world would any county in this country want to risk fair and free elections by using a machine that could be designed to flip votes?
Doesn’t sound too smart.
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