An eBayer stumbled on the listing of a lifetime when he found a Dominion voting machine up for auction that was supposedly used in the 2020 presidential election.
Connecticut resident Harri Hursti says he purchased the ballot-marking machine for $1,200 when he saw it listed on the online auction site, reportedly posted by a seller who found the machine through a local Goodwill store in Michigan.
The computer programmer and cybersecurity expert says upon purchasing the item, he immediately informed “authorities” who advised him against opening the box in which it was delivered, however they haven’t reached back out to him since last Monday.
An email to Hursti from Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office stated, “Thank you again for bringing this to our attention…We have determined this device originated in one of our jurisdictions. The jurisdiction has now reported the device to law enforcement as stolen.”
The unusual item, featuring a “Dominion Voting” label, was listed on eBay by Ohio Uber driver Ean Hutchison, who says he was the only bidder for the machine in an online auction hosted by a local Goodwill store in Cadillac, Michigan; he won the auction for $8.
After receiving the machine, Hutchison listed it last month on eBay for a starting bid of $250, with a $1,200 “Buy It Now” price, which allows bidders to bypass the auction and purchase the item outright.
“I have a knack for finding hidden gems really cheap and turning a quick profit,” Hutchison told CNN.
In his listing, Hutchison described the item as: “Dominion ImageCast X voting machine from Michigan, own a piece of history. This machine voting machine was one of thousands used in the 2020 US presidential election.”
“As far as I was aware, it was a completely legal sale on my end,” Hutchison said.
In a statement to CNN, an eBay representative however said the sale of voting equipment is not allowed on the site under its prohibition on “government items,” and indicated they would look into the sale and cooperate with authorities.
Meanwhile, Hursti tells the Daily Mail “there is no record” of a stolen voting machine and if that turns out to be the case it would be the first ever stolen in US history.
Furthermore, the State of Michigan didn’t even know it was missing a voting machine until Hursti reached out to them.
“He went on to say that it was only after he contacted officials in Michigan about the machine did they realize it was gone,” the Daily Mail reports.
“Hursti said: ‘It is shocking that only when we started asking, “Does it belong somewhere?” Only after that, did they realize it had been stolen.’”
Addressing the issue, Secretary of State Benson assured voters her office would get to the bottom of the matter, bizarrely insisting, “Michigan’s elections are secure. Before every election, we test every machine for accuracy. We’ve never seen, even with this unauthorized access to machines, any actual evidence of any challenges or wrongdoing or lack of security in the process.”
Benson added so-called “election deniers” may be responsible, saying, “What you really have is individuals who don’t seem to understand the technicalities of the elections process or election security trying to gain access to machines to keep the misinformation alive.”
In light of the mystery, CNN bizarrely claimed the election machine sale comes “as people have sought to gain unauthorized access to election systems in a futile attempt to prove the false notion that the 2020 election was stolen.”
“News of the sold machine comes as authorities in Michigan, Colorado and Georgia are probing apparent efforts to gain unauthorized access to voting machines or obtain data from them following the 2020 election,” CNN wrote, indirectly blaming Trump supporters for the stolen voting machine.
The secretary of state says she’s working with law enforcement to figure out exactly how the machine ended up at Goodwill.
Meanwhile, Hursti says he’s still in possession of the machine and that no one has yet arrived to pick it up.
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