by Dr. Andy Jackson
Director of the Civitas Center for Public Integrity, John Locke Foundation
A coalition of conservative and election integrity groups, NC-Election, have started a petition drive to get the North Carolina General Assembly to fund a “full forensic audit of the 2020 general election.” They are seeking to get 100,000 online signatures by August 1.
The group offered a host of reasons why they believe such an audit is necessary, including reported issues with voting systems:
Whereas the ES&S DS200 tabulator machines widely used in NC have a variety of options that can be used to compromise election security and election integrity.
Whereas it was found in Michigan that ES&S DS200 voting machines have modems installed in the motherboards which can send and receive data making real time manipulation of votes possible.
Whereas research from BlackBoxVoting.org shows:
- Votes are being calculated as fractions out to two decimal places rather than whole numbers.
- Votes can be easily manipulated both within the system and externally, if it was desired.
- The voting systems in NC were connected to the Internet as documented by the connection to the election in Rowan County, NC from TN.
Whereas the State Board of Elections approved machines for use in 2020 that were similar to ones previously used without requiring that they go through the full certification process.
They also express concerns about the number of inactive voters on county voter rolls, last-minute changes in election procedures due to a court settlement between the North Carolina State Board of Elections and Democratic attorney Marc Elias, and funding from the Center for Tech and Civic Life that disproportionately went to Democratic-leaning counties. They note that fewer than half of respondents in a Civitas poll conducted believe that the 2022 elections will be free and fair.
The listed supporting organizations of NC-Election include Liberty First Grassroots Political Action Committee, the NC Asian American Coalition, Hispanos Del Sur, and the Voter Integrity Project.