The San Francisco-based nonprofit executive director, who was approached by the Georgia secretary of state to help control the state, has anti-Trump tweets, but insisted he didn’t “work for them”.
Ben Adida, Director of VotingWorks tweeted In 2018, “Fs Donald Trump and all his helpers,” and in the same year, he called the Republican Party “rotten to the core”.
He said he read some posts from the GOP then and he said it is clear that they are “willing to live with the fascism provided by Trump” in order to make a profit in the Supreme Court. (Justice Brett Kavanaugh was nominated by President Trump at the time of the tweet.)
In 2016, he deceived Republican leaders who supported Trump, who was Adida labeled “the ultimate xenophobic”.
In a statement to Fox News, Adida tried to separate his political beliefs from the nonprofit’s stated goal of becoming impartial.
“Everyone who works in elections, including me, has a political opinion,” Adida said. “At the same time, VotingWorks helps both Republican and democratic election administrators, and together we always put democracy and the will of the people first.”
“You can trust our work because we show our work: our software code is open, our audit training materials and reports are public,” he continued. “When we help with a check like Georgia, we never touch the ballots and we don’t count the ballots ourselves – we just provide training and technical support.”
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“If people don’t want to agree with my personal political opinion, of course, but I don’t bring them to work,” the Atlanta Journal-Constitution said earlier.
Despite assurances, tweets may raise suspicions among conservatives that left-leaning California technicians will once again play an important role in the election. Trump’s supporters have already accused Facebook and Twitter of electing Biden against potentially harmful stories about his son, Hunter Biden, before the election. Sidney Powell, a powerful lawyer who investigates allegations of widespread voter fraud, has also criticized Dominion voting machines.
A new Georgian law requires that any competition be checked after each election. Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said he chose to control the presidential race and its 5 million votes because of its importance and the narrow room for maneuver between Trump and Joe Biden.
AJC reported that it recruited the nonprofit earlier this year.
Biden defeated Trump in the peach state by about 13,000 votes, but Trump and his legal team challenged the vote and were extremely critical of Raffensperger and Governor Brian Kemp.
Raffensperger confirmed the election result on November 20 and Kemp signed it.
A day earlier, VotingWorks issued a press release confirming that it had completed “the first state-wide prudential audit” and that Biden was the winner.
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“VotingWorks was proud to have provided on-site training, logistics and technical support, although a huge increase in manual counting was done for Georgia’s own state and local election officials, who worked tirelessly throughout the week,” the statement said.
The nonprofit says it prides itself on transparency and the software it uses is open source.
The Journal-Constitution reported earlier concerns about VotingWorks and possible bias. According to the report, two of his officers, including Adida, donated to the Democrats.
The paper reported that donation reports triggered online criticism from both Adida and nonprofits.
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Gabriel Sterling, the state’s voting system manager, told the paper that he was feeling well with VotingWorks ’operational support and said the technology was valuable. “No one else is doing this,” he said.
– It’s a brand new science.
The Associated Press contributed to the report