‘Secret report’ on Alleged Voting System Vulnerabilities Roils Georgia Ahead of Midterm Elections

(PresidentialInsider.com)- Georgia is facing new claims of election security concerns over Dominion voting machines, this time from a so-called “report” paid for in part by Stacey Abrams’ Fair Fight Action.

On Thursday, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger warned that this partisan “report” is designed to sow distrust ahead of the 2022 midterm elections.

According to Raffensperger, this report, currently under court seal, isn’t an objective, unbiased study. Instead, it consists of assertions made by someone paid to offer opinions supporting the elimination of electronic voting systems to help a lawsuit brought by far-Left activists in Georgia.

The person hired is University of Michigan computer science professor Alex Halderman who is described as an “expert witness” for the plaintiffs in a long-running lawsuit seeking to get Georgia to switch from electronic voting machines to hand-marked paper ballots.

Halderman was granted access to Dominion’s voting equipment in Fulton County for twelve weeks. He produced a 25,000-word “secret report” which has been filed under seal.

Halderman claims to have found that malicious software could be installed in voting machines to alter the QR codes printed on ballots so when the ballots are scanned to record the votes, the code records the wrong votes. He also claims that the election management system computers are vulnerable to hacking.

Halderman’s report does not allege that the vulnerabilities were exploited during the 2020 election.

US District Judge Amy Totenberg, who is overseeing the lawsuit, has so far only permitted attorneys and expert witnesses access to Halderman’s findings. The Secretary of State’s office, a defendant in the lawsuit, had not asked to see Halderman’s report.

According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Governor Brian Kemp is pressuring Raffenperger to gather “all relevant information regarding this report,” and thoroughly vet Halderman’s findings. The governor wants the Secretary of State’s office to reassure voters that “he is doing everything possible to ensure the system, procedures, and equipment are completely secure.”

On Thursday, Raffensperger called on Halderman to ask Judge Totenberg to release his findings, saying the public has the right to know the “context” of his claims. Raffensperger said Judge Totenberg giving Halderman full access to Georgia’s election system was “the equivalent of having the keys and alarm codes to a home then claiming he found a way to break in.”