A Michigan Senate committee held a hearing Tuesday on the role of Dominion Voting Systems in election fraud. The company’s CEO says some of its voting machines are connected to the Internet.
John Poulos, president and CHIEF executive officer of Dominion Voting Systems, testifies at a House Executive Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Jan. 9, 2020.
“For a small number of jurisdictions, less than 1 percent of the customer base, an external cellular modem is required.” Chief Executive John Poulos told lawmakers at a Michigan Senate committee hearing.
According to the CEO, the external modem is located outside the device and thus allows for Internet access.
A Dominion contractor and a polling observer said last month that the voting machines at the TCF Center in Detroit for the Nov. 3 election were connected to the Internet.
Melissa Carone, the contractor, said she was given a folder that included information about “how the machine is connected to Wi-Fi.”
Patrick Colbeck, a former state senator who served as a polling observer, said the center’s machines appeared to be connected to the Internet.
“All the tabulators are connected to a network router via Ethernet cables. That router connects to another router, “Says Colbeck, who says that in an indirect way the computers eventually” connect to the Internet, which in turn connects to a local data center.”
“Anyone who knows anything about IT knows that if there is a computer on the [Ethernet] network that is connected to the Internet, then all the computers on that network will be connected to the Internet. And I know that the local data center is connected to other [Ethernet] networks.”
A spokesman for Detroit’s elections department didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Watch makers and others at the TCF center aren’t connected to Ethernet, Mr. Prose said. Then, he said, they had an RJ45 connector that could connect to other computers “through a switch that doesn’t connect to the outside world.”
Phil Waldron, an online security expert and retired Army colonel, told lawmakers in Michigan earlier this month that voting staff manuals had a full page showing “when and how” to connect to the Internet through servers and routers.
“They’re connected to the Internet,” he testified to lawmakers at a public hearing in Arizona last month.
According to the Michigan State Board of Elections, voting machines “cannot be connected to the Internet during the counting period.” But after the votes are counted, some jurisdictions connect machines to the Internet to transmit unofficial results to county clerks.
Dominion has specifically designed the modem’s external capabilities “so that all polling observers can easily and at any time know if it is connected to the Internet,” Pleus said.
“In counties where there is [networking] demand, modems are connected to tabulators after the polls close, the seals are removed, and unofficial summary results are transmitted to district centres. “The external modem will be removed after transmission,” he said.
Domini’s website says its voting system “is intended to be used as a closed system that is not connected to the Internet.” “The Dominion result server is designed to be disconnected from the Internet,” he says.
One day after Presenting a preliminary audit of the Dominion Machines in Antrim County, Pross testified that Dominion’s ImageCast Precinct machines have the ability to connect to the Internet.
Dominion Machines’ forensic audit reports show the devices are deliberately designed to generate numerous statistical errors, Michigan lawyers involved in the Antrim County case said Monday. And called on President Donald Trump to take action.
“Antrim County doesn’t have a modem, they don’t use a modem,” He said.
At Tuesday’s hearing, A number of lawmakers asked Mr. Prose about networking.
“These systems are designed to be a closed network, which means they are connected to each other in a local area network. But they are not designed to be connected to the outside world through an Internet connection or any other externally connected device.” “Pross said at one point.
“But is there anything to stop that?” “Asked State Senator Ed McBroom, a Republican who called the hearing.
Pross admits no. But he said such problems could be detected by an audit by an accredited testing institution. He added that if someone tries to manipulate the results, the security log won’t show up. He said if manipulated, paper ballots would not match machine totals during a manual recount.
At one point, he said some internet-related issues should be addressed directly to election officials.
Profs told lawmakers in January that some of Dominion’s machines use wireless modems.
“With precinct machines, we use them whenever a state has a rule that requires remote reporting of unofficial results.” He told the House Executive Committee.
“To answer your concerns, our approach is that when you transmit the results remotely, there is an additional risk. We are working with state and local officials to mitigate these risks. All our modems work on private networks.” “He added.
Tom Burt, president and chief executive of Election Systems& Software, acknowledged concerns about the threat posed by the use of wireless modems.