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The Tennessee Conservative [By Jason Vaughn] –
A small Tennessee group called “Remnant Gathering” has shared a letter, produced by one of TN Liberty Network’s researchers, to be sent to local election officials and politicians in Tennessee with concerns about election integrity brought about by a distrust in DRE voting machines. The group asks that concerned Tennesseans fill out the letter and send it to the appropriate parties.
The election integrity concerns surround the use of MicroVote Infinity Direct Recording Electronic machines that are still being used in multiple Tennessee counties.
The letter itself, was penned by Tina Tobin of Sumner County, who is one of TN Liberty Network‘s election integrity and voter fraud researchers, in collaboration with other election integrity groups across the state. Tobin gives presentations on voting machine vulnerabilities based on her exhaustive research.
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The letter states that there are problems with the machines in Tennessee and other states which they are used in.
“Even a single vulnerability in a voting machine puts the entire process of having free and fair elections at risk, and MicroVote has been found to have multiple vulnerabilities that have plagued their machines for two decades,” the letter says.
The letter lays out the concerns with the MicroVote machines:
Concern 1: MicroVote was removed from nine states – Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and South Carolina.
Concern 2: Documented Failures that Resulted in Removal
- North Carolina – DREs shut down when voters scrolled through ballots, causing votes to be lost.
- Pennsylvania – DREs shut down haphazardly, causing the current voter’s vote to be lost. Accumulation software malfunctioned, incorrect unofficial results were reported.
- South Carolina – (Jasper County) – 1500 more ballots counted that number of voters who signed in to vote.
Concern 3: Document Failures in Tennessee
- Lawrence County – Software malfunction prevented votes from being tallied.
- Putnam County – Software malfunction resulted in none of the vote totals matching up with the correct candidates.
- Sumner County – A machine malfunction prevented 110 votes from being retrieved on election night for a Portland city election.
Concern 4: Certification in Tennessee dependent on Indiana
- Tennessee certifies voting machines based on a questionnaire sent to Indiana. If Indiana stops using MicroVote, then Tennessee will not have a method to certify these machines.
Concern 5: MicroVote Voter Verified Paper Trail Audit (VVPAT) will NOT correct these problems
The letter states, MicroVote has touted VVPAT as the solution to numerous problems with their machines. Organizations in their home state of Indiana issued an explanation for why the VVPAT is a “patch” for the DREs rather than a solution. The letter lays out highlights of the explanation:
- System malfunctions and vulnerabilities are not corrected by adding the VVPAT.
- The receipts generated are difficult for voters to read, especially those with disabilities.
- The thermal paper rolls are printed in a manner that can compromise ballot secrecy.
- Thermal paper is prone to ripping, smudging and fading making it ill-suited for audits or recounts.
The letter cites 9 sources to back up its claims.
Concerned voters can access and print the letter HERE.
About the Author: Jason Vaughn, Media Coordinator for The Tennessee Conservative ~ Jason previously worked for a legacy publishing company based in Crossville, TN in a variety of roles through his career. Most recently, he served as Deputy Director for their flagship publication. Prior, he was a freelance journalist writing articles that appeared in the Herald Citizen, the Crossville Chronicle and The Oracle among others. He graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Bachelor’s in English-Journalism, with minors in Broadcast Journalism and History. Contact Jason at news@TennesseeConservativeNews.com