An eBayer came across the itemizing of a lifetime when he discovered a Dominion voting machine up for public sale that was supposedly used within the 2020 presidential election.
Connecticut resident Harri Hursti says he bought the ballot-marking machine for $1,200 when he noticed it listed on the web public sale web site, reportedly posted by a vendor who discovered the machine by way of an area Goodwill retailer in Michigan.
The pc programmer and cybersecurity knowledgeable says upon buying the merchandise, he instantly knowledgeable “authorities” who suggested him in opposition to opening the field wherein it was delivered, nonetheless they haven’t reached again out to him since final Monday.
An e-mail to Hursti from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s workplace said, “Thanks once more for bringing this to our consideration…We now have decided this machine originated in one in every of our jurisdictions. The jurisdiction has now reported the machine to legislation enforcement as stolen.”
The bizarre merchandise, that includes a “Dominion Voting” label, was listed on eBay by Ohio Uber driver Ean Hutchison, who says he was the one bidder for the machine in a web based public sale hosted by an area Goodwill retailer in Cadillac, Michigan; he gained the public sale for $8.
After receiving the machine, Hutchison listed it final month on eBay for a beginning bid of $250, with a $1,200 “Purchase It Now” worth, which permits bidders to bypass the public sale and buy the merchandise outright.
“I’ve a knack for locating hidden gems actually low-cost and turning a fast revenue,” Hutchison advised CNN.
In his itemizing, Hutchison described the merchandise as: “Dominion ImageCast X voting machine from Michigan, personal a bit of historical past. This machine voting machine was one in every of 1000’s used within the 2020 US presidential election.”
“So far as I used to be conscious, it was a very authorized sale on my finish,” Hutchison stated.
In a press release to CNN, an eBay consultant nonetheless stated the sale of voting tools shouldn’t be allowed on the location beneath its prohibition on “authorities objects,” and indicated they’d look into the sale and cooperate with authorities.
In the meantime, Hursti tells the Each day Mail “there isn’t any report” of a stolen voting machine and if that seems to be the case it will be the primary ever stolen in US historical past.
Moreover, the State of Michigan didn’t even understand it was lacking a voting machine till Hursti reached out to them.
“He went on to say that it was solely after he contacted officers in Michigan in regards to the machine did they notice it was gone,” the Each day Mail stories.
“Hursti stated: ‘It’s stunning that solely once we began asking, “Does it belong someplace?” Solely after that, did they notice it had been stolen.’”
Addressing the difficulty, Secretary of State Benson assured voters her workplace would resolve the matter, bizarrely insisting, “Michigan’s elections are safe. Earlier than each election, we check each machine for accuracy. We’ve by no means seen, even with this unauthorized entry to machines, any precise proof of any challenges or wrongdoing or lack of safety within the course of.”
Benson added so-called “election deniers” could also be accountable, saying, “What you actually have is people who don’t appear to know the technicalities of the elections course of or election safety making an attempt to realize entry to machines to maintain the misinformation alive.”
In mild of the thriller, CNN bizarrely claimed the election machine sale comes “as individuals have sought to achieve unauthorized entry to election programs in a futile try to show the false notion that the 2020 election was stolen.”
“Information of the bought machine comes as authorities in Michigan, Colorado and Georgia are probing obvious efforts to realize unauthorized entry to voting machines or receive information from them following the 2020 election,” CNN wrote, not directly blaming Trump supporters for the stolen voting machine.
The secretary of state says she’s working with legislation enforcement to determine precisely how the machine ended up at Goodwill.
In the meantime, Hursti says he’s nonetheless in possession of the machine and that nobody has but arrived to select it up.
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