Voting Machine Problems—Again?

Bill Gates, chairman of the Maricopa Board of Supervisors, speaks about voting machine malfunctions at the Maricopa County Tabulation and Election Center on November 8 in Phoenix, Arizona.
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Voting Machine Problems—Again?

Problems with voting machines disrupted voting in states like Arizona and New Jersey yesterday.

Arizona: Officials from Maricopa County, the county that includes the city of Phoenix, admitted issues with the county’s voting machines. County Recorder Stephen Richer and Chairman of the County Board of Supervisors Bill Gates said 1 in 5 ballot tabulating machines were malfunctioning. Maricopa County was the seat of major accusations of voter fraud during the 2020 presidential elections.

New Jersey: Mercer County, the county that includes the state capital, Trenton, reported that every single voting machine in the county stopped working. Mercer County’s voting machine contractor is Dominion, a Canadian-based company whose machines were the center of security breach accusations in 2020.

What we said: “For most of American history, votes were counted by hand or with a mechanical adding machine,” Trumpet contributor Andrew Miiller wrote in June. “That made elections hard to rig. … But now, more than 90 percent of voters use machines manufactured by only three companies: Dominion Voting Systems, Election Systems & Software, and Hart InterCivic. That means malfunctioning—or malicious—hardware or software in the machines these companies produce could dramatically change the results of an election—and it would only take a small number of people to pull off such a heist.”

The issues with voting machines that caused problems in 2020 are still around in 2022. This suggests the same problems of voter integrity will impact the election’s final results. Learn more: “America’s Top Cybersecurity Agency Admits Voting Machines Are Hackable.”