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A new lawsuit by former Trump advisers in Pennsylvania alleges that Dominion Voting Systems has engaged in secretive practices.
The lawsuit, which was filed by Look Ahead America, alleges that the Stark County, Ohio Board of Elections awarded Dominion Voting Systems a contract under less-than-transparent conditions.
The election technology company has frequently been at the center of controversy related to allegations of widespread voting irregularities in the 2020 elections.
The lawsuit states:
In the second half of 2018, the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS contacted different vendors to obtain information and schedule on-site demonstrations of voting equipment relative to the potential purchase of new voting equipment. As a result, there were many in-depth conversations between the vendors and the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS, including the staff of the BOARD OF ELECTIONS.
In September 2018, on-site demonstrations of potential voting equipment were made by potential vendors to the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS and staff. Ultimately, two vendors tendered proposals to the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS for new voting equipment: (i) Electronic Systems & Software; and (ii) Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
The lawsuit then alleges that the Stark County Board of Elections expedited Dominion’s bid:
Upon concluding the foregoing executive session during the course of and as part of the meeting of the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS held on December 9, 2020, the very next order of business was the consideration of and approval of the purchase of voting equipment. Specifically, and as indicated in the minutes of the meeting, i.e., Exhibit E, immediately following the BOARD MEMBERS meeting in executive session under the purported auspices of considering, discussing, and/or deliberating “the purchase of property for public purposes” (but not that such consideration, discussions, and/or deliberations were necessary to prevent the “premature disclosure of information would give an unfair competitive or bargaining advantage to a person whose personal, private interest is adverse to the general public interest”), the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS formally approved the purchase of voting equipment from Dominion Voting Systems, Inc.
The lawsuit asserts Dominion Voting Systems was approved with an “unfair competitive or bargaining advantage”:
Based upon information and belief, at the time the BOARD MEMBERS met in executive session during the course of the meeting of the STARK COUNTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS on December 9, 2020, there was, at that time, no information the premature disclosure of which would give an unfair competitive or bargaining advantage to a person whose personal, private interest was adverse to the general public interest.
The general public was excluded from the executive session held and conducted during the course of the meeting of the STARK COUONTY BOARD OF ELECTIONS on December 9, 2020.
“The process engaged in by the Board of Elections was not transparent and open to the public,” Look Ahead America Executive Director Matt Braynard told Just the News.
“Braynard claims that election officials before voting on the contract with Dominion excluded the public for 18 minutes of their discussion, in violation of open meetings rules,” Just the News reported.
“Nothing necessitated the public’s exclusion,” Braynard said. “And for the next months thereafter, they continued to exclude the public when discussing the contract with Dominion.”