By Guy Page
Vermont uses vote tabulation machines manufactured by Dominion, Deputy Secretary of State Chris Winters told Vermont Daily on Monday. However they are older models than the machines now under scrutiny in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election, he said.
This morning, Vermont Daily emailed Winters the following question: “As you know, Dominion is in the news as the target of president Trump’s complaint about election integrity.” He was asked to explain any connection with Dominion and Vermont’s election process.
Winters’ 4:37 p.m. emailed response is printed verbatim below:
Much is being said about Dominion in the news. Vermont, along with dozens of other states, both red and blue, does use their voting equipment (tabulators). The tabulators we use are a much older model than those being called into question by the conspiracy theorists. Our machines are provided to us through our trusted long-time elections partner LHS.
You can find detailed responses to the various unfounded and false accusations about Dominion on their website at www.dominionvoting.com.
LHS has been the Dominion vendor in New England for nine years. As part of their service they complete state level certifications of their equipment, have conducted thousands of elections with successful outcomes and have seen recounts and random audits prove their equipment and software to be secure and accurate.
The claims against Dominion and its software are categorically false and have been disproved as such.
Secretary Condos has been candid and direct about this: spreading disinformation by peddling conspiracy theories with zero evidence of any elections process abnormalities is an absolute danger to democracy, and only serves to weaken voter confidence in the integrity of our elections and their dutifully arrived at results.
Healthy skepticism is something that every public official should welcome, but baseless allegations of vote tampering that are only made to discredit legitimate election results are not acceptable.
The President’s claims are patently false and have been disproven. Disparaging the fair elections process, and the hard-working election officials conducting it, with zero evidence is irresponsible and insulting to those election officials, including our town clerks.
Vermont tabulators are programmed and tested by our long-time, trusted election vendor. They are certified, audited, and follow a strict chain of custody which ensures they are never connected to the internet or to each other. Every ballot cast in Vermont is done so on a voter-marked paper ballot that is sealed and stored for 22 months following the election, and we conduct a post-Election audit after every General Election, which has never turned up any results abnormalities.
Vermonters should feel confident in the integrity and security of our elections. We have the evidence to back that up.
Readers are invited to comment to Vermont Daily and recommend serious, informed follow-up questions to Winters’ comments and about the Dominion controversy in general.
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