TGP posted an article previously showing that based on the guidelines from the Election Assistance Commission (EAC), there were no voting system testing labs (VSTL) that were properly accredited at the time of the 2020 Election. These labs are used by the EAC to certify election systems used in elections and to perform audits of elections after they have taken place.
Because these labs were not accredited according to EAC guidelines, which many states have codified into their voting regulations, it is likely that many voting machines were not properly certified at the time of the 2020 Election by accredited voting system testing labs.
When taking a look at Missouri for example, there are 114 counties and one independent city (St. Louis). The EAC maintains an inventory of all the counties in this state and other states and lists which voting machines are used in elections in each county and when they were last certified by an EAC-accredited VSTL.
When reviewing EAC’s inventory and comparing the dates these county voting systems were certified to the accreditation dates of the VSTLs, the following was uncovered:
- Only 94 of 114 counties in Missouri are listed on the EAC site (St. Louis city has a separate Board of Elections as well)
- 68 counties were certified by Wyle NTS whose last lab accredidation was in 2010 – NTS has never been certified. Therefore, more than two-thirds of the counties in the state, those that use Wyle NTS voting systems, were not properly certified as of Election Day 2020 (November 3, 2020) because they had never been certified by an accredited VSTL.
- 23 counties in Missouri are listed as counties using voting machines certified by VSTL Pro V&V. However, Pro V&V’s lab accreditation expired before November 2020. When reviewing these counties there is possibly one county in Missouri (Lafayette County) which may have been certified by an accredited Pro V&V a few years ago. This county’s voting systems would only be properly certified if the EAC allows the certifications of voting systems to remain in place for unlimited time periods.
- 3 SLI counties may have been accredited at the time of certification (although the SLI accreditation at this time had the wrong signatures and were for 3 years and not two).
Based on this review only 4 counties in the state of Missouri may have had voting systems that were properly certified on Election Day 2020. This is less than 5% of all the counties in the state that had voting systems that were properly certified on Election Day.
This pattern is likely similar in other states. Assuming it is, less than 5% of the voting systems used across the nation were certified according to EAC guidelines and yet all the states certified their 2020 Election results.