|Secretary of State of Georgia|
From: January 4, 2019 – present
|Successor||Incumbent (no successor)|
|Former State Representative from Georgia's 50th District|
From: February 10, 2015 – January 14, 2019
Bradford Jay “Brad” Reffensperger (born May 18, 1955 (age 65)) is the current Secretary of State of the state of Georgia. He previously served as a state representative from the 50th district. Raffensperger's brother, Ron Raffensperger, is the Chief Technical Officer of Huawei Enterprise Storage Solutions based in Shenzhen, People's Republic of China. Hawei has been sanctioned by the Trump administration for human rights abuses and mass detention of Uyghurs in Xinjiang gulags. Huawei tested facial recognition AI capable of recognizing ethnicity-specific features to alert government authorities to members of the ethnic group. Huawei previously was also restricted from doing commerce with U.S. companies due to willful violations of sanctions against the Iranian terrorist sponsor state.
2020 election fraud
- See also: Georgia election fraud
On March 6, 2020 the Georgia Secretary of State, Brad Raffensperger, a Republican, signed off on a secret legal agreement with the Democratic Party of Georgia, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee to alter absentee ballot procedures in Georgia. The Democrats’ attorney for this secret deal was Marc Elias from Perkins Coie, the bagman for Hillary Clinton who hire FusionGPS to write the Steele dossier during the 2016 presidential election.
Attorney Lin Wood argued, "they changed the rules under the guise of COVID to try to increase the ability of people to vote by mail. And, as a result, you’ve got fraud of a massive amount through the mail votes. And you’ve also got fraud in your computer voting machines. It’s not the first time they’ve done this.”
Dominion Election Systems
- See also: Democrat election fraud
Raffensperger announced the state’s purchase of a $106 million election system from Dominion Voting Systems in July 2019. In a lawsuit, which originated in 2017, critics contend that the new system was subject to many of the same security vulnerabilities as the one it was replacing.
In an October 11, 2020 order, just weeks prior to the 2020 presidential election, U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg agreed with the concerns associated with the new Dominion voting system, writing that the case presented “serious system security vulnerability and operational issues that may place Plaintiffs and other voters at risk of deprivation of their fundamental right to cast an effective vote that is accurately counted.”
“The Court’s Order has delved deep into the true risks posed by the new BMD voting system as well as its manner of implementation. These risks are neither hypothetical nor remote under the current circumstances,” Judge Totenberg wrote in her order.
According to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in October the Secretary of State’s office was responsible for weakening the Dominion system’s defenses, disabling password protections on a key component that controls who is allowed to vote. Just days before the early voting started, on October 12th, according to the AJC, Raffensperger’s office “pushed out new software to each of the state’s 30,000 voting machines through hundreds of thumb-drives that experts say are prone to infection with malware.”
According to the AJC article, the features that make this new software vulnerable to hacking would “not be detected without an audit after the election.” The software has a feature where voters verify their selections as a paper ballot and then the ballot is fed into an optical scanner by an election official. For reasons that are difficult to understand, the scanner doesn’t record the text of the ballot. Instead, it reads “an unencrypted quick response” or QR barcode that is indecipherable to the human eye. That feature makes it possible either to tamper with individual voting machines or to infiltrate the state’s central election system. In theory, hackers could alter the barcodes to change votes and there would be no way to detect the changes.
In September and October 2020, Dominion director of Strategy and Security Eric Coomer personally was in Georgia to make a “critical software change” to all Georgia's 30,000 Dominion voting machines “without adequate testing or certification from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission”.
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- VanderKlippe, Nathan (November 29, 2019). Huawei providing surveillance tech to China's Xinjiang authorities, report finds.
- Kelly, Laura. "US announces sanctions on Huawei, citing human rights abuses", The Hill, July 15, 2020.
- Harwell, Drew. "Huawei tested AI software that could recognize Uighur minorities and alert police, report says", The Washington Post, December 8, 2020.