Raffensperger: Vote audit comes up clean

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Updated: Nov. 17, 2020 at 1:46 PM EST
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ATLANTA (WALB) - Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week ordered Pro V&V, a U.S. Election Assistance Commission-certified testing laboratory, to do an audit of a random sample of machines to confirm no hack or tampering, and Tuesday, he announced that "Pro V&V found no evidence of the machines being tampered.”

“We are glad but not surprised that the audit of the state’s voting machines was an unqualified success,” said Raffensperger. “Election security has been a top priority since day one of my administration. We have partnered with the Department of Homeland Security, the Georgia Cyber Center, Georgia Tech security experts, and a wide range of other election security experts around the state and country so Georgia voters can be confident that their vote is safe and secure.”

Pro V&V, based in Huntsville, Ala., is a U.S. Election Assistance Commission-certified Voting System Test Laboratory (VSTL). This means meaning the lab is “qualified to test voting systems to federal standards,” Raffensperger’s office said in a release.

About VSTL:

VSTL certification is provided for under the Help America Votes Act of 2002. Pro V&V’s accreditation by the USEAC was also recommended by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the U.S. government’s physical science laboratory dedicated to creating standards and measures that would help America be the leading science innovator in the world, according to Raffensperger.

NIST contributes regularly to the development of cybersecurity and election security standards for the U.S. and the world.

About the audit:

Pro V&V conducted an audit of a random sample of Dominion Voting Systems voting machines throughout the state using forensic techniques, including equipment from Cobb, Douglas, Floyd, Morgan, Paulding, and Spalding counties, the release states.

ICP (precinct ballot scanners), ICX (ballot marking devices), and ICC (central absentee ballot scanners) components were all subject to the audit, according to Raffensperger.

For the audit, Pro V&V extracted the software or firmware from the components to check that the only software or firmware on the components was certified for use by the secretary of state’s office. The testing was conducted on a Pro V&V laptop independent of the system.

“According to the Pro V&V audit, all of the software and firmware on the sampled machines was verified to be the software and firmware certified for use by the (Georgia) Office of the Secretary of State,” the release states. “Coupled with the risk-limiting audit of all paper ballots relying solely on the printed text of the ballots, these steps confirm the assessment of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency that there are no signs of cyber attacks or election hacking.”

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