Georgia says voting machine audit discovered no proof of fraud or tampering

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A Fulton County worker strikes voting machine transporters on the Fulton County Election Preparation Heart on November 4, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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The state of Georgia introduced Tuesday that an official audit of its voting machines discovered no proof of fraud or foul play throughout the 2020 elections.

Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, who had ordered a licensed testing laboratory to conduct an audit of a random pattern of Georgia’s machines, mentioned that the probe was each full and profitable in making certain that the machines hadn’t been manipulated.

“We’re glad however not shocked that the audit of the state’s voting machines was an unqualified success,” Raffensperger, a Republican, mentioned in a press launch. “Election safety has been a high precedence since day one among my administration.”

“Now we have partnered with the Division of Homeland Safety, the Georgia Cyber Heart, Georgia Tech safety consultants, and big selection of different election safety consultants across the state and nation so Georgia voters could be assured that their vote is protected and safe,” he added.

The announcement from Raffensperger got here because the state works to recount by hand its ballots following an in depth final result between President Donald Trump and Democratic challenger Joe Biden within the Peach State. Georgia is making an attempt to certify its election outcomes by the Nov. 20 deadline.

NBC Information, which known as the presidential race for Biden on Nov. 7, additionally projected that Biden is the primary Democrat to win Georgia’s presidential race since 1992. Biden as of Friday was main Trump by 49.5% to 49.2% of the ballots tallied to this point, a margin of about 14,000 votes.

Raffensperger mentioned {that a} lab licensed by the U.S. Election Help Fee, Professional V&V, used forensic methods to examine Dominion Voting Techniques voting machines.

The lab additionally extracted the software program or firmware from the scanners and marking units to ensure that solely accredited know-how had been used within the state’s units throughout the election.

In accordance with Professional V&V, all the software program and firmware on the sampled machines was verified to be the Georgia-sanctioned know-how.

“Coupled with the risk-limiting audit of all paper ballots relying solely on the printed textual content of the ballots, these steps affirm the evaluation of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Safety Company that there are not any indicators of cyber assaults or election hacking,” Georgia officers mentioned within the launch.

Regardless of an acknowledgement that Biden gained, Trump has nonetheless continued to problem the integrity of the voting course of with out proof. The president took to Twitter on Saturday night to reiterate his assertion, once more failing to offer proof of the fraud he alleged.

“There may be large proof of extensive unfold voter fraud in that there’s irrefutable proof that our Republican ballot watchers and observers weren’t allowed to be current in ballot counting rooms,” Trump wrote. “Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and others. Unconstitutional!”

Trump has additionally blasted Dominion Voting Techniques in tweets, alleging with out proof that the corporate or its know-how incorrectly deleted thousands and thousands of votes for his reelection.

In saying its audit findings, Georgia — a state lengthy managed by Republican politicians — marked yet one more blow within the claims of rampant fraud the president insists is actual.

Final week, Trump’s attorneys dropped a authorized problem of quite a lot of ballots in Maricopa County, Arizona, saying Biden’s total lead within the state is simply too huge for the disputed ballots to make a distinction. And in Michigan, a choose declined a request by Trump backers to dam the certification of election ends in Detroit.

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