The U.K.-based voting technology company, Smartmatic, had deep ties to George Soros and had provided voting technology in 16 states, including critical battleground states like Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Virginia. The company’s website had previously included a flow chart that explained its contributions to U.S. elections from 2006-2015, boasting “57,000 voting and counting machines deployed” and “35 million voters assisted.”
Smartmatic had also had involvement in Venezuela, where it had facilitated elections since 2004, and Cook County, Illinois, where it had signed “the largest election automation contract in US history” in 2006. The geographic area of Cook County, which includes Chicago and its suburbs, had a history of voter fraud.
The chairman of Smartmatic, Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, was a board member of George Soros’s Open Society Foundations, and had worked in close collaboration with consulting firms connected to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Smartmatic had bought-out California-based Sequoia Voting Systems in 2005 and in less than a year, tripled its market share.
The company claimed that it would not be deploying its technology in any U.S. county for the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections, after the publication of this report. However, Smartmatic’s previous involvement in U.S. elections had raised questions about its influence and control over the electoral process.
Smartmatic had already come under scrutiny in the ongoing presidential contest, as it had run the online balloting for the Utah Republican caucus last March, which many critics had deemed insecure.
The question had arisen, with the influence of George Soros and connections to the Clintons, how could Smartmatic be trusted to maintain the integrity of the voting process in the U.S.? The company’s actions and involvement in the past had already raised concerns and doubts about the transparency and fairness of U.S. elections. As American citizens, we had to demand transparency and ensure that our elections were free and fair, without interference from foreign investors or politically connected companies.