NC House members raise concerns about integrity of state’s voting machines
Back in May, we posted a piece about whether the machines used in North Carolina polling places were equipped with modems, thereby facilitating potential remote online tampering. State board of elections Karen Brinson Bell said there were no modems. But sources outside the state — who happened to use the same machines as NC — contradicted her story.
A month after our story ran, Gateway Pundit — a nationally renowned conservative site — picked up the ball and ran with it:
A group of North Carolina Republican lawmakers from the General Assembly want the State Board of Elections (SBOE) to give them some answers about the machines used to tabulate votes. The lawmakers want the machines opened and allow their own people investigate what happened in the 2020 Presidential election.
NC Rep. Jeff McNeely (Iredell) said about the SBOE, “We are just trying to see if there are any legs to the rumors we hear about ballots and machines, we want to know if there is anything that could have been changed by the machines, we gave them a deadline to get back to us.”
McNeely is a member of the NC House Freedom Caucus and spoke to The Gateway Pundit on Friday about his concerns with the 2020 Presidential election.
“I believe the information in what we call the ‘hand to eye audits’ needs to be public, and we need to make sure those tallies match what the machines came up with, currently they are not public and they should be,” McNeely said, asserting that North Carolina is a paper ballot state already, and if there was any major fraud it would show up with the ballot harvesting.[…]
“We know that Mark Zuckerberg gave 5-6 Million dollars to counties in North Carolina, but we don’t have an accounting on that. We are working on a bill that would make it law to evenly distribute that money to our 100 counties. But as it is now, we do not know where that money went or what it went for,” McNeely said.
When asked if he was aware of strange food trucks at polling places during early voting and on election day, McNeely said yes, he had gotten the information that trucks were present in places like the Wake County polling area, North Carolina’s largest county.
” We always have the same counties who just can’t seem to get it together for elections. We have to make our elections bulletproof. I want penalties for cheating to go up to a Class H if not higher. We want to deter cheating. The problem, we can only take so big of the bite at this apple, so this is a shot across the bow and we need to clean the house,” he said.
SECOND NORTH CAROLINA HOUSE FREEDOM CAUCUS MEMBER
Rep. Keith Kidwell (Beaufort, Craven) said in a released statement on Facebook, “We put the hard question to these guys about what is going on with the machines. We asked the SBOE to give us access to the three machines, and what kinds of modems they have. We want our own technicians to examine and they are going to get back to us,” Kidwell, an accountant, is looking for information on where votes changed.
“We want this to be public access for people to see why numbers in ballots and voter files were changed,” Kidwell said.
The following is a statement from the House Freedom Caucus on NCSBE Voter Machines, released on Friday:
Wednesday of this week, the North Carolina House Freedom Caucus had a meeting with Brian Neesby, Information Officer, and Patrick Gannon, Legal Counsel of the North Carolina State Board of Elections.
The 2020 election results were reviewed, as well as the different voting machines and their internal parts. Specifically, questions about modems and the ability for the machines to be accessed by the internet were discussed.
Mr. Neesby indicated that some of the older machines do have modems in them that are deactivated. The Freedom Caucus asked to open and inspect all versions of the voting systems.
The House Freedom Caucus asked that more information be provided on NCSBOE’s website, specifically regarding county internal audits, page history, and footnotes for when revisions are made.
The House Freedom Caucus requested that the Board of Election respond to these requests and questions at their June 16 meeting. In the interim, the Freedom Caucus will discuss what we have learned this far and formulate how we can assist in securing the election process while being assured that every legal vote is counted.
11 thoughts on “NC House members raise concerns about integrity of state’s voting machines”
We need paper ballots to insure election integrity and transparency, and there can be no possibility of a vote tabulator connected to the internet. That is true of votes within GOP conventions as well as votes in general elections.
Karen BB is a political activist. Her collusion with Marc Elias (Cooper’s lawyer in the 2016 election aftermath) was disgraceful, and totally characteristic of the Cooper administration.
IMO, it is an absolute certainty that any and all skepticism of the N C 2020 voting machines should be brought to bright light and SATISFIED!
FOR SURE the weeds are full of skepticism! Thank you Rep Kidwell and the Freedom Caucus for pursuing this particular endeavor..
Thank you for shining a light on this issue which has been overlooked in NC. Electronic manipulation of the down ballot races is entirely a possibility state-wide. Your articles are bringing the issue to the forefront. that otherwise would be buried by the MSM.
There needs to be a little more information. Are these modems for dial-up telephone lines or Ethernet connections? If they’re for telephone lines, there would have to be a pretty big order to install telephone lines at the polls. If they’re Ethernet connections, network connections would have to be installed. With either arrangement, there would have to be a server on the receiving end with an application to process the incoming voting information.
A good tech can quickly determine whether such an infrastructure exists. Sure, it could have been removed since the election, but if that turns out to be the case, some criminal indictments of the SBOE members may be in order. I don’t think any machines were connected to the Internet.
The SBOE has an exhaustive list of qualifications which a designated polling station must meet, when county BOEs choose sites, and it includes infrastructure specifications.
Does that list of specifications include telephone lines or Ethernet connections?
That would be correct because computers are used on-site, but don’t ask me specifically what for. Until this past election anyway, when you checked in to vote, they’d check your credentials from hard copy rolls.
Sorry, do not understand context of the response.
Does anyone have an UNREDACTED version of the ES&S System Overview? The genre of these electronic tabulation machines support “fractional voting” that can weight a vote toward or against a specific candidate. (This can be loaded via a USB port pre-election.)
We need our representatives to view the forensic audit currently ongoing in
Maricopa county, Arizona. Let’s not continue trying to figure out what to do when it’s being done right now in plain sight. Please stop kicking the can, the people of our great state deserve better! Be brave
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