The California Secretary of State has been asked to conduct a statewide audit of the upcoming vote on whether to remove Governor Gavin Newsom. This would ensure correct tabulation by the Dominion’s workable system, the experts said.
Eight computer security experts wrote to California Secretary of State Shirley Weber, urging her to order a post-vote audit to protect the outcome from possible manipulation and litigation. Their letter was first reported on Friday by the Associated Press (AP).
“If an actual cyberattack silently changes the outcome of the election, or if any other procedural or software error does, a properly conducted RLA based on reliable paper ballots will detect and correct it (with a high probability)” said the letter.
If the election result is correct in the first place, the RLA will provide strong public evidence that it is, creating a “firewall” against litigation and disinformation seeking to discredit the result.
RLA stands for Risk Limiting Audit, a type of control that focuses on the correct counting of votes by a computer system. This involves securing a sample of paper ballots, counting them manually, and comparing the result to how the machines counted the same ballots.
Holding one after the Sept. 14 vote is necessary because of a leak last month of proprietary software used by Dominion Voting Systems, experts said. The copies were reportedly distributed at an event in South Dakota hosted by MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. He is a prominent provider of claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from Donald Trump and was sued by Dominion for alleging the company was involved.
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The leaked software can be scanned for vulnerabilities in the code, allowing a bad actor to hack into Dominion machines, experts said. Such flaws were previously discovered by J. Alex Halderman, a professor at the University of Michigan, when asked to review Dominion products for a civil court case in Georgia. His damning 25,000-word report detailing how machines can be tampered with to change votes was sealed by a federal judge.
Some right-wing experts rang the alarm after hearing the news, apparently taking it as an indication of a plot being prepared to alter the outcome of the recall vote, if that did not favor Governor Newsom. There was a recent shift in opinion polls indicating that he would likely stay in power.
“They’re already telling us what they’re going to do! noted commentator Mike Cernovich, whom critics call a conspiracy theorist. “Remember when audits were a betrayal and an attack on democracy? “ he added. “Now it’s time to change positions because of the California recall. “
Like many other aspects of political life in the United States, election security has become an article of partisan allegiance for many people. For example, when the Red States pass laws requiring voter ID cards, many left-wing politicians and media hyperventilate and call the legislation the “new Jim Crow,” claiming that it is intended to clamp down on black voters. democratic tendency.
Newsom’s recall campaign, which was heavily supported by the GOP, received the same partisan treatment. For example, one of the main candidates to replace him, black talk radio host Larry Elder, has been sadly maligned as the “The black face of white supremacy” by a column in the Los Angeles Times.
The warning about a possible Dominion machine hack was apparently not taken seriously by Weber’s office. A spokesperson for the secretary of state said the 40 counties in California that use the Dominion system have a different version than the ones that were disclosed.
“California has the strictest and most comprehensive testing, use and voting system requirements in the country, and it was designed to withstand potential threats.” Jenna Dresner assured. Experts disagree, calling the differences “relatively minor.”
A Dominion representative also played down the concerns, saying federal officials did not view leaks of its software to significantly increase the risk of an election.
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