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Navy vet and Penn. poll watcher details missing USB cards and mail-in ballot issues in hearing

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In Pennsylvania, a U.S. Navy veteran and data scientist who served as a poll watcher during the 2020 presidential election gave his expert account concerning what he observed during the process. In testimony at a hearing in Gettysburg on Wednesday, Gregory Stenstrom of Delaware County alleged that 47 USB cards used during the election have gone missing and that they may call into question as many as 120,000 votes.

Stenstrom is a former commanding officer in the Navy and a forensic computer scientist with expertise in security and fraud issues. “I was a former commanding offer and executive officer in the Navy. I’m a veteran of foreign wars and I’m a CEO of my own private company,” Stenstrom told the committee.

“I personally observed USB cards being uploaded to voting machines by the voting machine warehouse supervisor on multiple occasions,” Stenstrom testified. “This person is not being observed, he’s not a part of the process that I can see, and he is walking in with baggies of USBs.”

USB cards are small, handheld devices that assist in moving data from one electronic device to another.

The veteran alleged that the cards may have been used to add illegal votes to the state’s vote count. He bluntly stated that there was a lack of proper oversight on how state election workers handled ballots.

Stenstrom said that he witnessed issues with 70,000 unopened mail-in ballots. He saw the ballots after the mail-in ballots were already tallied. They were stacked in boxes of 500 each. These ballots were not part of that total.

“In all cases, the chain of custody was broken,” he testified. “It was broken for the mail-in ballots, the drop-box ballots, the Election Day USB card flash drives. In all cases, they didn’t follow any of the procedures defined by the Board of Delaware County of Elections.”

Stenstrom also said that after he informed law enforcement personnel of the alleged mishandling of ballots, they did not take any action.

“I literally begged multiple law enforcement agencies to go get the forensic evidence from the computers. It’s a simple process. It wouldn’t have taken more than an hour to image all 5 machines. That was never done despite my objections and that was three weeks ago.”

Pennsylvania state Republicans including State Senator Doug Mastriano arranged to hold the hearing to air allegations of possible voter fraud following the election in a state where Democrat Joe Biden defeated President Trump by just over 80,000 votes. President Trump was initially scheduled to attend Wednesday’s hearing, which was convened by the Pennsylvania Senate Majority Policy Committee. He had to cancel his attendance due to a meeting with legal advisors, but Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani appeared at the hearing.

“If there’s any hint of fraud out there, we need to investigate,” Mastriano stated, calling out Governor Tom Wolf’s refusal to look into “shenanigans,” and to figure out if voters had been “defrauded.”

He said, “We are here today to find out what the heck happened in this election.”

“Elections are a fundamental principle of our democracy—unfortunately, Pennsylvanians have lost faith in the electoral system,” Mastriano said. “It is unacceptable.”

“Over the past few weeks, I have heard from thousands of Pennsylvanians regarding issues experienced at the polls, irregularities with the mail-in voting system, and concerns whether their vote was counted. We need to correct these issues to restore faith in our republic.”

Pennsylvania certified their election results on Tuesday. It is one of a number of states where the Trump campaign has filed lawsuits alleging voter fraud and irregularities in the 2020 presidential election.

In a letter filed with the Third Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday, Trump 2020 Campaign attorney Marc Scaringi called for oral arguments as the campaign fights against a lower court’s dismissal of their case challenging Pennsylvania’s certification of votes.

A Pennsylvania state court issued an injunction Wednesday blocking any potential further certification of election results in the state, pending an evidentiary hearing to be held Friday.

The order comes from Judge Patricia McCullough and involves the case brought by Pennsylvania voters including Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA) in which they allege that a state law allowing for no-excuse absentee voting violated the Pennsylvania constitution, which outlines specific cases where absentee voting is allowed.

Pennsylvania officials quickly filed a notice of appeal with the state Supreme Court, asking for a review of whether McCullough erred in granting injunctive relief despite Kelly and the other voters showing a “failure to satisfy any of the prerequisites” that warranted injunctive relief.

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