(Ben Sellers, Headline USA) Michigan officials were investigating how one of the Dominion voting machines used in the 2020 election went missing only to appear at a Goodwill store, where an Uber driver purchased it for $7.99.
Ean Hutchinson purchased the machine in an online auction, Blaze Media reported.
Hutchinson turned around and quickly flipped the machine, selling it on eBay for $1,200 after initially listing it for $250.
“Own a piece of history!” his listing said. “This voting machine was one of thousands used in the 2020 United States presidential election and included in one of the many lawsuits against Dominion that were thrown out.”
The winning bidder, Harri Hursti of Connecticut, was described as “one of the foremost election machine security experts and organizes an event every August in Las Vegas where hackers are given access to voting machines in a bid to identify and remedy potential vulnerabilities,” according to CNN.
After bringing it to the attention of Michigan voting officials, they determined that the machine was stolen from one of their jurisdictions and instructed him not to open the box in case law-enforcement officials needed to dust the machine for fingerprints.
“It is shocking that only when we started asking, ‘Does it belong somewhere?’ Only after that, did they realize it had been stolen,” Hursti said.
Dominion Voting Systems and its leftist allies have steadfastly maintained that there was no foul play in the 2020 election.
The company has, in fact, sued media outlets and individuals, including some of then-President Donald Trump’s legal advisers—for insinuating that the machines might have been hacked by bad actors who influenced the election outcome in key battleground states, including Michigan.
The state—which curently has a far-left governor, secretary of state and attorney general—also has targeted lawyers who pursued election challenges, seeking to have them disbarred or held legally culpable for their actions in a stunning departure from political norms.
“Michigan’s elections are secure,” Benson claimed.
“Before every election, we test every machine for accuracy,” she continued. “We’ve never seen, even with this unauthorized access to machines, any actual evidence of any challenges or wrongdoing or lack of security in the process.”
Depending on whether the culprit prooves to be a Democrat or a Republican, Benson may choose to throw the book at them.
“While our elections remain secure and safe, we take seriously all violations of election law and will be working with relevant authorities to ensure there are consequences for those who break the law,” she claimed.
The incident is the latest red flag that the election-integrity issues seen during the 2020 election have yet to be resolved in many cases.
In May, the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency released a warning that acknowledged that Dominion’s machines had critical security issues.
“These vulnerabilities, for the most part, are not ones that could be easily exploited by someone who walks in off the street, but they are things that we should worry could be exploited by sophisticated attackers, such as hostile nation states, or by election insiders, and they would carry very serious consequences,” noted University of Michigan computer scientist J. Alex Halderman, who wrote the report on which CISA’s advisory was based.
Mainstream media and leftists used the deceptive claim by former CISA head Chris Krebs to validate their claims that the 2020 election was the “most secure in U.S. history.”
Former Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency Director Chris Krebs: "The 2020 election was the most secure in U.S. history…while elections are sometimes messy, this was a secure election. Of that I have no doubt."
— CSPAN (@cspan) December 16, 2020
After being fired by Trump, Krebs became a regular presence on Twitter attacking the former president.
Ben Sellers is the editor of Headline USA. Follow him at truthsocial.com/@bensellers.