A Michigan voting machine recently went missing. Shockingly enough, an Uber driver from Ohio was able to purchase the Dominion voting machine from a Goodwill store for a mere $8. Now, Michigan officials are investigating how the voting machine used in the 2020 presidential election was able to be sold online.
An Uber driver from Ohio was able to make an online purchase of a 2020 Dominion voting machine from a Goodwill Industries thrift store in Cadillac, Michigan. Uber driver Ean Hutchinson bought the voting machine from an online Goodwill auction with a winning bid of $7.99.
Hutchinson – who is from Miamisburg – then flipped the voting machine by selling it on eBay. He originally listed the voting machine with a starting price of $250.
Hutchinson's eBay listing read, "Own a piece of history! This voting machine was one of thousands used in the 2020 United States presidential election and included in one of the many lawsuits against Dominion that were thrown out."
He was able to sell the voting machine for $1,200 to Harri Hursti from Connecticut. CNN describes Hursti as "one of the foremost election machine security experts and organizes an event every August in Las Vegas where hackers are given access to voting machines in a bid to identify and remedy potential vulnerabilities."
Hursti typically purchases voter machines that are old and retired.
After receiving the voting machine last week, Hursti reportedly notified the Michigan secretary of state's office.
"He says he was instructed not to open the box the machine came in, to preserve it for law enforcement who may need to wipe it for fingerprints." CNN reported. "A few days later, an official from the secretary of state's office emailed Hursti."
Hursti received an email from Michigan officials a few days later that read, "Thank you again for bringing this to our attention. We have determined this device originated in one of our jurisdictions. The jurisdiction has now reported the device to law enforcement as stolen."
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson – who oversees elections held in the state – claimed that the missing voting machine being sold online does not necessarily mean that there is a lapse in voting security.
"Michigan’s elections are secure," Benson said, according to Mediaite. "Before every election, we test every machine for accuracy. We’ve never seen, even with this unauthorized access to machines, any actual evidence of any challenges or wrongdoing or lack of security in the process."
"While our elections remain secure and safe, we take seriously all violations of election law and will be working with relevant authorities to ensure there are consequences for those who break the law," said Benson – a Democrat.
However, Hursti said that Michigan election officials were not aware that they were missing a voting machine.
"It is shocking that only when we started asking, 'Does it belong somewhere?' Only after that, did they realize it had been stolen," Hursti stated.
Lt. Derrick Carroll – a Michigan State Police spokesman in northern Michigan – told the Detroit News that an investigation is ongoing.
Wexford County Clerk Alaina Nyman said a voting machine went missing before the Aug. 2 primary.
"Please know that election security in Wexford County has been, and will continue to be, my top priority," Nyman said.
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