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SCOTUS Refuses to Hear Case Where Pa. County Found Flaws in Voting Machines

'Among these were ... changes made to Dominion’s entire election management system (EMS) three weeks before the 2020 election...'

(Ken Silva, Headline USA) The U.S. Supreme Court announced Tuesday that it won’t hear a case between Pennsylvania’s secretary of state and Fulton County election officials, allowing the state’s sanctions to stand against a county that found flaws in the Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the 2020 presidential election.

The case stems from Fulton County hiring Wake Technology Services, Inc. to inspect the Dominion voting machines after the Nov. 2020 elections. In its Feb. 2021 report, Wake TSI found that the elections were “well run and conducted, in a diligent and effective manner.”

However, the inspector did find flaws in the Dominion voting machines.

“Among these were errors in the ballot scanning, a failure of the system to meet Commonwealth Certification requirements, non-certified database tools on the system, changes made to Dominion’s entire election management system (EMS) three weeks before the 2020 election, and a lack of commonwealth logic and accuracy inspections L&A inspections of the Dominion Voting Systems,” the county explained in its SCOTUS application for review.

According to the county, the secretary of state’s actions were highly suspect, because there was no evidence that the voting systems had ever been certified in the first instance. In fact, the certification had been called into question by Wake TSI.

But despite following all the proper election regulations in allowing Wake TSI to conduct its inspection, Pennsylvania’s secretary of state sanctioned Fulton County over its actions. In a July 2021 directive, the secretary of state said that funding may be withheld from any county that provided voting-machine access to a third party.

And indeed, the state withheld Fulton County’s share of the $90 million in funds to cover costs for new voting machines.

The county sued the state over the matter. During that dispute, Fulton County also voted to allow the Pennsylvania Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee to inspect the voting equipment.

This led to another dispute with the secretary of state, who filed an application to place sanctions on the county.

A lower court granted the sectary of state’s request for sanctions, and Pennsylvania’s state court upheld them.

“The court also ordered the impoundment of the Dominion voting machine systems, despite the breach of contract action in which Petitioners are suing Dominion for the failed voting machine system it provided to Fulton County prior to the 2020 election,” the county said in its SCOTUS application.

“In this regard, the court exceeded the scope of its contempt powers by forcing Petitioners to agree to surrender possession of evidence that could be critical to the claims in the breach of contract proceedings.”

Despite the seemingly egregious actions by Pennsylvania, SCOTUS has declined to review all litigation coming from Fulton County. SCOTUS did not provide a reason for its Tuesday decision to not hear the case.

Ken Silva is a staff writer at Headline USA. Follow him at twitter.com/jd_cashless.

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