There remains no real-world evidence of systematic fraud in the 2020 presidential election, and there’s — by all appearances — still going to be no real-world evidence of that imaginary fraud no matter how much time passes and how many claims to the contrary Trump releases. Now, a review by the federal entity called the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) has concluded there’s no evidence of the exploitation of flaws in Dominion-brand elections equipment.
Based on available information, what this federal conclusion entails is (among other things) there’s no evidence of perceptible issues with the equipment becoming a method for imaginary election-meddlers to change election outcomes. Machines from Dominion Voting Systems have been among the various moving parts of the electoral process that have figured prominently in delusional pro-Trump conspiracy theories about the last presidential election.
Despite documented issues The Washington Post characterized in part as “highly technical,” systematic fraud evidence isn’t there — “We have no evidence that these vulnerabilities have been exploited and no evidence that they have affected any election results… Of note, states’ standard election security procedures would detect exploitation of these vulnerabilities and in many cases would prevent attempts entirely. This makes it very unlikely that these vulnerabilities could affect an election,” Brandon Wales, CISA’s executive director, explained.
The overall prevention of attempts to use machine vulnerabilities to alter elections stems in part from limits on physical access to the machines –the vulnerabilities “generally require an attacker to have physical access to the devices or other equipment used to manage the election,” the Post notes. The federal review was conducted in connection to years-long litigation in Georgia over the security of that state’s election system. Although Dominion machines eventually figured prominently in lies from the then-president and his allies after the last presidential election, this litigation started all the way back in 2017. After Georgia officials procured the Dominion ImageCast X “ballot-marking devices” first put to use in the state in 2020, those behind the case claimed the machines didn’t sufficiently address concerns about election security.
CISA has been working on informing officials in states around the country of vulnerabilities — the detection of which helps exemplify just how closely these matters are examined. (Eventually, all 50 states will be formally notified of the agency’s conclusions.) In other words, the idea of an insufficient examination of the security of the country’s election system is a myth — it’s rigorously examined. “Both the CISA and Mitre reports show what reasonable people already know — if bad actors are given full and unfettered access to any system, they can manipulate that system… That is why procedural, operational, and legal election integrity measures are crucial,” Gabriel Sterling, an official who works closely with Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger (R), commented. The Mitre Corporation, a federally funded research institution, recently concluded an investigation of these matters in a manner similar to CISA. Read more at this link.
Dominion has been pursuing high-dollar defamation litigation against various interests in Trump World that promoted lies about its machines. MyPillow head Mike Lindell recently suffered an apparently across-the-board loss in connection to court claims he filed against Dominion and fellow election technology company Smartmatic in response to their defamation claims — all of Lindell’s claims were apparently shot down. Lindell is backing litigation in Arizona filed in hopes of stopping machine tabulation of votes in the state — a ridiculous prospect that’s not based in real-world evidence of problems with the machines.