From: American Liberty Report
Of all of the nefarious schemes and stunts with the potential to change the outcome of the upcoming presidential election, perhaps none is so threatening or consequential as the possibility that electronic voting machines in as many as 15 states could be rigged to ensure that Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton is the winner.
Many of the machines in question are made by a private company called Smartmatic Corporation, a company that claims to be based in the United Kingdom but is controlled through holding companies in Venezuela, Barbados and the Netherlands.
The founders of the company are Venezuelan, which is not a coincidence, given that the machines were used in a number of massive landslide elections in that country when President Hugo Chavez was reelected in that country in the 2000s.
Smartmatic first came to prominence when its machines (many of which were then retrofitted gambling devices) were used in a referendum held in the South American country in 2004.
Smartmatic machines work by tabulating results independently and then communicating those results to a central server via encrypted messages.
In the wake of the referendum, independent monitors claimed widespread fraud, and peer-reviewed articles in academic journals stated that it was likely fraud had indeed taken place and that it was possible that this fraud had been committed by remote control.
Despite these accusations, international election monitors from the European Union and the Organization of American States (OAS) disagreed with these same independent analysts, and the government allowed the result (the administration of President Chavez staying in office) to stand.
Smartmatic then won a multimillion-dollar contract with the Venezuelan government that saw its machines tabulate huge victories for the Socialist leader before his death from cancer in 2013.
Smartmatic was officially incorporated in 2000 in Delaware in the U.S., and after 2004, its voting machines were used in a number of controversial leadership races in Brazil (in the election of now ousted [and corrupt] President Dilma Rousseff), Mexico (in the election of highly unpopular president Enrique Peña Nieto), Argentina (in the election of corruption-tinged President Christina Fernández de Kirchner) and the Philippines (in the election of controversial new President Rodrigo Duterte).
It should be noted that one of Smartmatic’s first deployments in the United States was in Cook County, the home of Barack Obama when he was a Senator from Illinois. In March 2006, it was discovered that a problem existed with the Smartmatic software that transferred the results. Things got so bad that one local alderman called the affair an “international conspiracy.” Despite this, the state of Illinois continued to use the machines.
In the 2016 general U.S. election, Smartmatic’s machines potentially could be used in parts of Illinois, Wisconsin, Washington, Oregon, New Jersey, Missouri, Louisiana, California, the District of Columbia, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Michigan, Florida, Colorado and Arizona. These latter seven states are crucial because they’re swing states that will significantly affect the electoral college totals for each presidential candidate.
Smartmatic’s website notes that some 57,000 of its machines have been deployed in past U.S. elections between 2006 and 2015, registering the vote of as many as 35 million citizens in 307 counties.
Prior to 2006, a predecessor company, Sequoia Voting Systems, had its machines used in U.S. elections, and in 2005, Smartmatic acquired Sequoia and then sold it to a group of investors two years later after endowing the firm’s machines with much of Smartmatic’s technology.
Whether Sequoia’s investors also are owners of Smartmatic is unknown; however, court documents released in 2008 confirmed that Smartmatic still had a significant financial interest in Sequoia. In fact, the CEO and President of Sequoia is a former Smartmatic executive, Jack Blaine, and there is significant shared intellectual property between the companies.
According to Wikipedia, after 2005, “Smartmatic assigned a major portion of its development and managerial teams, dedicated to revamping some of Sequoia’s old-fashioned, legacy voting machines, and replacing their technology with avant-garde proprietary features and developments, which resulted in new, high-tech products.”
Wikipedia reports that Sequoia’s older machines were responsible for the “hanging chad” problems in the state of Florida in the contested presidential election of 2000 and that one Sequoia worker speculated that this was done on purpose — “the object was to discredit punch-card ballots and thus promote sales of electronic voting machines,” he stated.