A missing voting machine that was used during the controversial 2020 election in a highly contested state of Michigan was purchased at Goodwill for just under $8.
The incident is being investigated by state officials trying to determine how the voting machine made it to the online auction.
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Ean Hutchinson, an Uber driver from Miamisburg, Ohio, was able to purchase the 2020 Dominion voting machine from an online auction held by a Goodwill Industries thrift store in Cadillac, Michigan. Hutchinson won the auction with a bid of $7.99.
The Uber driver then flipped the voting machine by selling it on eBay, listing it for a starting price of $250.
“Own a piece of history! This voting machine was one of thousands used in the 2020 United States presidential election and included in one of the many lawsuits against Dominion that were thrown out,” the eBay listing read.
Hutchinson ended up selling the machine for $1,200 to Connecticut resident Harri Hursti.
According to reporting from CNN, Hursti is “one of the foremost election machine security experts and organizes an event every August in Las Vegas where hackers are given access to voting machines in a bid to identify and remedy potential vulnerabilities.”
The election machine security expert usually buys voting machines that are old and retired.
Hursti reportedly notified the Michigan secretary of state’s office soon after receiving the machine.
“He says he was instructed not to open the box the machine came in, to preserve it for law enforcement who may need to wipe it for fingerprints,” CNN reported.
Just a few days after notifying the secretary of state’s office, Hursti was contacted by Michigan officials via email.
“Thank you again for bringing this to our attention,” the email read. “We have determined this device originated in one of our jurisdictions. The jurisdiction has now reported the device to law enforcement as stolen.”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) — who oversees elections held in the state and notably refused to investigate allegations of voter fraud from whistleblowers in the 2020 election — responded to the news by claiming that the missing Dominion voting machine being sold online does not necessarily mean that there has been a lapse in voting security.
“Michigan’s elections are secure,” the secretary of state said, according to Mediaite. “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.”
“While our elections remain secure and safe, we take seriously all violations of election law and will be working with relevant authorities to ensure there are consequences for those who break the law,” Benson said.
Meanwhile, Hursti revealed that election officials in Michigan were not even aware that they had been missing a voting machine.
“It is shocking that only when we started asking, ‘Does it belong somewhere?’ Only after that, did they realize it had been stolen,” he said.