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Soros closely linked to US voting machine company

Smartmatic, a voting technology company based in Britain and linked to George Soros, has control over voting machines in 16 states in the US.

Published: October 19, 2016, 2:13 pm

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    An Open Society Foundations Chairman sits on the board of Smartmatic, the US voting machine manufacturer. Mark Malloch-Brown is Chairman of the Board of Directors of Smartmatic, the maker of voting machines, vote counting machines, and software for elections around the world.

    The distinguished member of the British House of Lords was formerly the vice-chairman of Soros’s Investment Funds as well as the deputy secretary-general of the United Nations when he worked as chief of staff to Kofi Annan. His resume includes stints as vice-president of the UN World Bank and member of British Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s cabinet.

    The Open Society Foundations are dedicated to the dismantling of sovereign nations, and the founder, Soros, is notorious in financial circles for “breaking the bank of England”.

    The Malloch-Brown link to Smartmatic presents somewhat of a conflict of interest, as George Soros has donated $8 million to Hillary Clinton’s campaign.

    Battleground states that now use Smartmatic include Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Michigan, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Virginia and jurisdictions affected, include California, District of Columbia, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri, New Jersey, Oregon, Washington and Wisconsin.

    The company has already caused controversy in the ongoing presidential contest. It ran the online balloting for the Utah Republican caucus last March, when many critics said it was impossible to secure personal electronic devices that are used to register and vote.

    On the Smartmatic website a flow-chart explains the company’s contribution to elections in the United States from 2006-2015 with “57,000 voting and counting machines deployed” and “35 million voters assisted”.

    In 2005, Smartmatic bought-out California-based Sequoia Voting Systems in order to enter the realm of US elections. According to their website, “In less than one year Smartmatic tripled Sequoia’s market share” and “has offered technology and support services to the Electoral Commissions of 307 counties in 16 States”.

    Among the “case studies” listed are Venezuela, where it has been facilitating elections since 2004 when it “won a bid to provide Venezuela with a reliable voting system”.

    In addition to a tight relationship with Soros, Malloch-Brown has worked with consulting firms closely associated with Clinton World. He was an international partner with the Sawyer-Miller consulting firm and a senior adviser to FTI Consulting.

    One of Sawyer-Miller’s bigwigs is Mandy Grunwald, who ran the firm’s contract for Bill’s 1992 presidential bid. She was also the head of communications for Hillary’s unsuccessful 2008 run.

    Jackson Dunn, who is a senior managing director with FTI Consulting, spent 15 years in Washington where he worked as an aide to President Bill Clinton and Sen. Hillary Clinton.

    karin@praag.org

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