One of the leading voting machine vendors ES&S has just made a bombshell admission that they did indeed sell voting machines with remote access software to roughly 300 jurisdictions in the U.S. between 2000-2006.
For months, ES&S refused to tell me or @RonWyden how many of its customers had remote-access software pcAnywhere installed on their election-management systems. ES&S would only say “a small number” Today, NPR reports ES&S has finally revealed 300 jurisdictions had it installed. pic.twitter.com/sPSpsknUyf
— Kim Zetter (@KimZetter) September 21, 2018
Many people don’t know it, but there was a lot of controversy surrounding President George W. Bush’s election victories in 2000 and 2004, especially over how he won Ohio. This bombshell revelation by ES&S about remote access software is sure to reignite the 2000 & 2004 election controversies.
17/ John Kerry finally acknowledged earlier this week that his campaign did in fact suspect vote tally manipulation during the 2004 presidential election in Ohio. https://t.co/N31Y2n51QT
— Jennifer Cohn (@jennycohn1) September 8, 2018
The biggest question raised by the ES&S revelation however has more to do with the 2016 elections than the 2000 & 2004 elections. The unavoidable question for ES&S now becomes, if they lied about remote access software in their machines from 2000-2006, how can they assure the public that their machines didn’t have the software in 2016, allowing the Russians to hack into them.?
Remember one of the arguments used by 2016 Russian election hacking deniers, especially GOP state Secretaries of State has been that the voting machines didn’t come with remote access software so there was no way the Russians could have penetrated them. This stunning revelation by ES&S pokes holes into that defense and should be cause for a renewed debate as to what actually happened in the 2016 elections as regards Russian hacking.
Yours Truly is particularly interested in the battleground states of MI, WI, PA & FL. Which of these 300 jurisdictions mentioned were in these battleground states?
Bottomline Dems and the mainstream media need to really get to the bottom of this bombshell ES&S revelation to find out if the Russians used ES&S remote access software to hack into voting machines and thereby alter vote tallies.
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