Before the House Administration Committee (Jan. 9, 2020), CEOs of voting system companies, including the Election Systems & Software (ES&S) president & CEO, Tom Burt and the Dominion Voting System’s President & CEO, John Poulos, admitted that their voting systems used components made-in-Communist-China. All 3 CEOs admitted that none of the voting systems was 100% safe.
Committee Chair Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) inquired if any components that come from Russia or China,
- Tom Burt, Election Systems & Software (ES&S) president & CEO, did acknowledge that for at least one of 9 ES&S devices was produced in China:
Tom Burt: the DS200, we have one of its nine programmable logic devices that we actually sourced from a US company based in Milpitas, California in the heart of Silicon Valley, company that produces that programmable logic device in a factory in China.
- In his response to the question, Dominion Voting Systems President & CEO John Poulos said they used parts from Communist China,
John Poulos: Yes, we do have components in our products that come from china. And I don’t know the percentage, but I certainly can get that to the committee through my staff…
Rep. Lofgren: What kind of components are from china?
John Poulos: For example, LCD components, the actual glass screen … the interface, down to the chip component level, capacitors and resistor. Several of those components to our knowledge, there are no option for manufacturing those in the U.S.
We would welcome guidelines and best practices from the committee and from the federal government. This is not a problem that’s unique to the election industry.