The reliability of voting machines to accurately count votes has come under scrutiny — especially since the fiasco of the Windham Incident that took place at the Nov. 3, 2020, general election.
The now infamous Windham Audit has concluded. It was a long process searching for why a hand recount produced 300 more votes for four Republican candidates and about 100 fewer votes for a Democrat. Now the audit is complete and has been submitted.
I am not accusing Hursti of anything wrong or nefarious. But it is important to remember that it is the memory cards that make it easy to hack the machines to produce “fraudulent tape,” but “only on Tuesday evening,” so this is a big deal that warrants answers.
LHS CEO Jeff Silvestro knew for a fact that the creases in those mail-in ballots would create a misread or rejection. Every single politician involved in the meeting at issue knew it as well. And they did nothing.
He talks about folded ballots as part of the integrity of the process. Not machine failure but a failure of people tasked with ensuring election integrity missing or ignoring what appears to be the issue in Windham, and possibly most of New Hampshire, going back decades.
“So the question here was, would the fold through [candidate] St. Laurent’s vote target be interpreted as a mark that would generate an overvote in that contest so that none of the four would be counted. And we found rates of generating overvotes from roughly 24 percent up to 72 percent,” auditor Philip Stark said.
“If the auditors are finding corruption with the machines in Windham, that can give us a lot of leverage to expand this audit beyond Windham into the state of New Hampshire, because these machines were used in 85 percent of the state and provided by the same vendor.”
When the auditors and AG’s office show a lack of concern for properly applying the tamper-proof tape, it leads to justifiable questions by the public regarding the legitimacy of the audit process.
I believe the audit for the “Windham Incident” has lost all credibility because there is no way for observers to observe in a meaningful manner. “Trust but verify” is difficult, and in many cases impossible.