Video from 2019 shows current Democrat candidate for Governor in Virginia Terry McAuliffe, a famous liberal Clinton pal, expressing concerns about voter fraud with electronic voting machines in the 2020 presidential elections.
“I can tell you in Virginia, while I was governor, I had to replace all the machines,” said McAuliffe who said he personally witnessed votes being changed from his choice to another candidate on the machine.
McAuliffe said that a group of technology experts he hired later to look at voter security were able to hack into the machines from offsite and were able to change votes in four to five minutes.
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“I decertified all the machines. Now in Virginia, we have paper ballots,” concluded McAuliffe.
Machine voting is only used in Virginia to ensure accessibility to those voters with disabilities that make it otherwise difficult to vote said Ballotpedia.
Machine voting remains a controversial subject with supporters of former President Donald Trump claiming that machines were hacked to change votes in the 2020 presidential election, while manufacturers claim the machines are safe.
Election security expert J. Alex Halderman said that while he’s seen no evidence the vulnerabilities were exploited to change the outcome of the 2020 election, “there remain serious risks that policymakers and the public need to be aware of” that should be addressed immediately to protect future elections, reported the AP.
Halderman said that hackers could infect machines with a virus that allows either local or remote access to change votes. Once installed, such malware “could alter voters” votes while subverting all the procedural protections, he said.
Election security has taken the spotlight with both parties claiming votes have been stolen through fraud. In addition to claims by the Trump campaign, 2018 Georgia gubernatorial nominee Stacey Abrams had claimed the election in Georgia was stolen from her, a debunked claim that McAuliffe tried to advance.
“At a rally over the weekend, former Virginia Democratic Gov. Terry McAuliffe did something his party has repeatedly bashed Donald Trump and Republicans for doing: He suggested a past election had been unfairly decided because of ballot shenanigans,” wrote CNN’s Chris Cillizza.
“She would be the governor of Georgia today had the governor of Georgia not disenfranchised 1.4 million Georgia voters before the election’ McAuliffe wrongly claimed. “That’s what happened to Stacey Abrams. They took the votes away.”
No, they didn’t. But McAuliffe has never let the truth hinder a good partisan narrative.