States have used taxpayer money to buy systems from vendors with close past and/or present ties to a foreign dictator, US politicians, a Religious Right group, and a convicted embezzler whose crimes involved computer tampering.

Sequoia (acquired by Dominion Voting Systems in 2010) and Smartmatic

  1. Sequoia Voting Systems is a California-based vendor. /wiki/Sequoia_Voting_Systems

Diebold Election Systems/Premier (previously called “Global Election Systems”)

17. Until 2010, Diebold was the second largest voting machine vendor in the U.S. (The largest was ES&S discussed later in this article.)

Election Systems & Software (“ES&S”)

35. ES&S has been a heavy-hitter for many years. In 2010, Wired described ES&S as the “national’s largest voting-machine maker, with machines being used in 43 states. ES&S systems were ‘utilized in counting approximately 50 percent of the votes in the last four major US elections,’ according to the company’s website.”

  • The Moral Majority (with the Reverend Jerry Falwell),
  • The Heritage Foundation,
  • The Free Congress Foundation, and
  • ALEC.

Dominion Voting

58. In 2010, Dominion bought not only some of the assets of Diebold/Premier (intellectual property rights and warehoused equipment), but also Sequoia.

Hart InterCivic

63. Meanwhile, it has been reported that the Romney family has ties to voting machine vendor Hart InterCivic.


64. In addition, a company called EasyVote has installed some sort of voting software across 85 Georgia counties and 8 other states.

More on Smartmatic

66. Since before the 2016 election, a rumor has circulated that George Soros owns voting machine company Smartmatic (the company that previously owned Sequoia and has ties to Chavez). This isn’t true.



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Attorney and Election Integrity Advocate #ProtectOurVotes #PaperBallotsNow @jennycohn1