Are Voting Machines Compromised?: Recycled Voting Machines

On October 29, 2020, Lynn Landes appeared on Daniel Wagner’s podcast to warn the world of what would take place on November 3, 2020. Lynn Landes is an author and election fraud activist who has written several books on the topic of the lack of security with electronic voting machines.

Her books Hacked and BlackBoxVoting both layout the vulnerability of voting machines, including their structural and digital flaws. She also integrates how the legal system provides a safe place for election results to be challenged, as almost always the courts and political system (no matter the party) dismiss voter fraud when it comes to electronic systems.

On Wagner’s podcast she described how she thought the 2020 election would result in a win for Biden.

“I think on election night; they have huge – they’ve got a computer room set up where people are getting the results of different elections directly. I think that’s the room that they try to switch overvotes and manipulate directly the vote counting results of that night. For instance, what we found out in Philadelphia was that they take the cartridges from the machines – they take them to eight police district offices around the city, and they upload them. The election commission doesn’t get these cartridges until the next day. Are they uploading, or are the election results being downloaded into these cartridges? I think both things are happening; they’re uploading the information, they’re looking at how they can move this net – then they’re downloading it back so that when it goes back to the election commission the next day, it’s rigged the way they want it rigged.”

She then stated:

“They’ve been able to change votes forever.”

The 2000 Bush/Gore election brought all eyes to the sunshine state of Florida. “Hanging chads” on paper ballots utilized by punch-card voting machines caused many problems, and an expensive recount took effect. In 2007 journalist Dan Rather and his producers uncovered a web of deceit – as they confirmed that the California-based company Sequoia Voting Systems changed the paper used in the machines, and they had test runs where the new paper caused problems. They did nothing about it.

An unnamed worker for Sequoia Voting Systems explained why Sequoia would intentionally sabotage their voting system.

Smartmatic started as a Venezuelan voting firm formed solely for the 2004 Venezuelan recall referendum on then-President Hugo Chavez.

According to

“The five-member council, which is dominated by Chavez supporters, awarded the $91-million contract to Smartmatic, maker of the voting machine hardware, and Bizta, maker of the software that programmed the ballots and tabulated the votes. The companies are run jointly by two 30-year-old Venezuelan engineers, whose machines had never been used in an election.”

Bitza was later confirmed to be owned by the Venezuelan government.

Smartmatic, a foreign entity, acquired a major-player in United States politics overnight.

Congressional testimony from a former CIA agent stated that President Hugo Chavez had access to Smartmatic voting machines and tampered with the Bizta software results.

When Smartmatic bought Sequoia, it essentially merged all data and
technological designs -allowing Smartmatic to integrate any hidden
components from a foreign country to infiltrate U.S. tech without interference.

This attracted the attention of New York U.S. Representative Carolyn Maloney (D). She initiated an investigation through the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States. This request was made after the 2006 March 21 elections in Chicago, Illinois that resulted in massive delays and technological mishaps.

The same year, Smartmatic sold Sequoia Voting Systems and withdrew their contract from Chicago.

Another unnamed employee of Sequoia suggested the 2006 mistakes were just a “guinea pig test geared toward a possible U.S. presidential election.”

On June 4, 2010, an American-Canadian company, Dominion Voting Systems, purchased Sequoia Voting Systems. This means they are now in possession of the same technology, blueprints, and backdoor secrets. Smartmatic essentially relinquished control of their voting machines and software to Dominion through the United States’ help and the investigation brought-on by the U.S. Committee on Foreign Investment.

That’s why the statement on the official website for Dominion Voting Systems is 100% accurate.

  1. Technically, Dominion didn’t buy Sequoia from Smartmatic. They bought it from a holding after the U.S. government forced a sale by Smartmatic.
  2. Technically, Dominion doesn’t use Smartmatic software. It uses Sequoia software.
  3. Is Smartmatic and Dominion competitors? No. Smartmatic will never be allowed to fully operate in the United States with their past-ties to a Venezuela dictatorship. Dominion is already at the fore-front of most elections in the United States.
  4. . Smartmatic could no longer operate alongside Sequoia in the United States. Thus they did the next best thing they could, sell their software and technology and manage from the sidelines until Dominion could take full-control – as they have the reputation and American-based ties.
  5. Is this illegal? Not really. They were able to get foreign technology/software into the United States, install it into thousands of voting machines, and then sell it to a company that could take the reigns.
  6. The legal action Smartmatic filed against Dominion? Nothing more than a show. They’ve removed the page and article citing their lawsuit against Dominion.

This quote was found on Jennifer Cohn’s article regarding “States have used taxpayer money to buy systems from vendors with close past and/or present ties to a foreign dictator.

She included a NIST.GOV screenshot that is no longer available through their website. It seems to confirm that most media and government knew Smartmatic’s sale of Sequoia was a way to skirt around U.S. regulations.

It doesn’t stop there; Dominion also owns the remnants of a company called Diebold Election Systems. Diebold has a controversial history as well.

The 2002 Georgia gubernatorial election included Democrat incumbent Roy Barnes and former Republican Georgia State Senator, Sonny Perdue. Diebold Election Systems patched their machine’s software before the election.

Sonny Perdue won the election with 51% of the vote. Up until then – no Republican governor had been elected to office in 130 years. Roy Barnes outspent Purdue’s campaign 6 to 1. According to a former employee of Diebold, the Republicans were able to flip Georgia red with the help of a Diebold Election Systems patch.

(A parody of Sonny Perdue & Diebold Voting Machines)

“A former Diebold employee, however, alleged that the company had installed uncertified patches on the machines before the election, thus marring the integrity of the election results. Diebold denies it installed uncertified patches in Georgia, but the company has admitted installing uncertified software on its machines in 17 California counties”

Here’s a list of Diebold’s controversies.

Hacking Democracy – The 2006 Documentary:

“Hacking Democracy” has been broadcast many times on HBO, exposing the dangers of the voting machines used in America’s mid-term and presidential elections. Electronic voting machines count almost 100% of America’s votes in county, state and federal elections. The Diebold voting machines and their hackable software are still used today in twenty eight states. The security holes and complete lack of transparency still pose an extraordinary risk to US elections.”

September 3, 2009

Diebold Election Systems, now operating under the name Premier Election Solutions, merged with Election Systems & Software (ES&S) – an Omaha, Nebraska voting machine service company.

March 2010

The United States Department of Justice, including 14 states, filed an investigation based on antitrust grounds. The investigation resulted in an antitrust lawsuit against ES&S. The remnants of Diebold were sold to Dominion Voting Systems.

October 22, 2013

From the Columbus Free Press:

“Diebold: the controversial manufacturer of voting and ATM machines, whose name conjures up the demons of Ohio’s 2004 presidential election irregularities, is now finally under indictment for a “worldwide pattern of criminal conduct.” Federal prosecutors filed charges against Diebold, Inc. on Tuesday, October 22, 2013 alleging that the North Canton, Ohio-based security and manufacturing company bribed government officials and falsified documents to obtain business in China, Indonesia and Russia. Diebold has agreed to pay $50 million to settle the two criminal counts against it. This is not the first time Diebold’s been accused of bribery.”

Jul 30, 2019

The very same state that had installed Diebold and endured the controversy of their systems once before gave a 107 million dollar contract to the company that currently owns Diebold.


“Georgia officials awarded a contract for 30,000 new voting machines to Dominion Voting on Monday, scrapping the state’s 17-year-old electronic voting equipment (Diebold equipment) and replacing it with touchscreens that print out paper ballots.”

The current Governor of Georgia, Brian Kemp, and Georgia Senator David Perdue and his brother, former Georgia Governor, Sonny Perdue both have associated with lobbyists connected to ES&S.

David Dove, Chief of Staff to former Secretary of State Brian Kemp, Accepted Las Vegas Trips From ES&S While His Office Was In The Market For New Voter Machines.In March of 2017, when Dove attended an E.S. & S. junket in Las Vegas, Kemp’s office was in the market to replace the state’s entire inventory of voting machines. “It’s highly inappropriate for any election official to be accepting anything of value from a primary contractor,” Virginia Canter, the chief ethics officer at Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, told McClatchy. “It shocks the conscience.”

John Bozeman, the Head of Legislative Affairs for Former Governor Sonny Perdue, Has Been a Registered Lobbyist with ES&S Since 2017.“At the end of 2017, as Kemp was ramping up his campaign for governor, Harper did not renew his lobbying credentials with the secretary of state. Instead, he registered to lobby for E.S. & S. Around the same time, John Bozeman, then the head of legislative affairs for Georgia’s former governor, Sonny Perdue (who is now the Secretary of Agriculture in the Trump Administration), also registered to lobby on behalf of E.S. & S.

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger picked Dominion Voting Systems over ES&S. With the current political climate in Georgia heating up over the Presidential recount for the state. There’s a reason why Senator David Perdue has called for Raffensperger’s resignation.

The United States government somehow, with all the BIG TECH companies, can’t produce its own software for elections. The federal government refuses to regulate voting machines, and politicians are free to associate with lobbyists who work for these voting machine companies. Our voting system is the wild west.

Smartmatic and similar companies must protect their own interests – as seen in this anti-paper ballot article promoted on their Twitter accounts. What can we do to protect our own interests? Investigate.

“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince