Georgia Gov’t Lawyers Claim “Trade Secrets” of Voting Machines Must Be Kept
In a stark contrast to the idea of “open, transparent” elections, Georgia state lawyers said the “trade secrets” of voting machines must be preserved.
The lawyers, who represent top Georgia state officials, made the argument when trying to fight against allowing public, forensic inspections of the voting machines used in several Georgia counties.
“Defendants’ counsel also argued that allowing such forensic inspections would pose substantial security and proprietary/trade secret risks to Defendants,” read the order by Judge Timothy Batten demanding that voting software and information should not be destroyed, erased or altered in Cobb, Gwinnett, and Cherokee Counties.
Interestingly, The National Pulse pointed out the contract between embattled Georgia Sec. of State Brad Raffensperger and Dominion Voting Systems mentions the phrase “trade secrets” at least nine times.
“The bizarre nature of government lawyers defending a private, foreign company’s ‘trade secrets’ instead of attempting to secure the vote of the American public will raise further questions about the company’s involvement in U.S. voting systems,” The National Pulse quipped.
Why wouldn’t voting software be open-source – including even the encryption system used – if a fair, transparent election is the goal, especially when it isn’t that hard to legitimately count votes?