China Could Exploit U.S. Ballot Employee Information for Blackmail, Election Interference, GOP Lawmaker Warns

A Republican congressman is warning that the Chinese language Communist Occasion might weaponize the info of U.S. ballot employees discovered on servers in mainland China after the chief government of an election software program firm with alleged ties to the occasion was arrested.

“Having servers in the end managed by the Chinese language Communist Occasion with private information about our ballot employees may be very regarding,” Rep. Ralph Norman, R-S.C., instructed The Each day Sign. “It’s potential China is just warehousing this information in the intervening time, reserving the choice to take advantage of it at a later date.”

Chillingly, he added:

It’s additionally potential that China is now actively utilizing this information to discover which ballot employees could be targets for blackmail, election interference, or different nefarious functions. No matter China’s motives, that is one thing that deserves a full investigation.

Regardless of his requires investigations, Norman doesn’t imagine any significant progress will happen with Democrats in management.

“I don’t anticipate any significant investigations so long as Democrats are accountable for Congress,” Norman stated. “With Republicans retaking the bulk in January, nonetheless, I do anticipate there to be all kinds of investigations on quite a few fronts, together with this one.”

“On one thing as essential as election integrity, I hope Congress can come collectively in a bipartisan method,” he added.

Los Angeles County District Lawyer George Gascón revealed on Oct. 4 that Eugene Yu, who’s the founder and government of the election software program firm Konnech Inc., was arrested in Michigan “as a part of an investigation into the potential theft of private figuring out info of these [poll] employees.”

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Los Angeles County employed the Michigan-based firm for $2.9 million over 5 years, charging Konnech with securely sustaining the info and solely permitting U.S. residents and everlasting residents entry to it.

Los Angeles District Lawyer investigators, nonetheless, found that ballot employees’ info was actually saved on servers in China regardless of the contract.

Helen Raleigh, the writer of “Confucius By no means Mentioned,” instructed The Each day Sign in an e-mail that ballot employee information could possibly be used for “intelligence gathering for future political affect campaigns” and “gathering info for key people for future blackmailing.”

“This can be the tip of the iceberg. The Chinese language authorities in all probability has extra details about People than we understand,” Raleigh, a senior fellow at The Federalist, stated.

“I’m additionally involved [about] backlash towards Chinese language People when information like this broke out. I hope while you report tales like this, all the time separate the Chinese language individuals, Chinese language People from the CCP, and realizing many people Chinese language People are patriotic People too,” Raleigh stated.

Rep. Mark Inexperienced, R-Tenn., stated he and his colleagues on the China Process Drive are working to counter China’s “malign affect” to guard each U.S. elections and nationwide safety.

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“China has made strides of their technological infrastructure and has tried to compromise our nationwide safety. It’s apparent why the Chinese language Communist Occasion desires the non-public info of American ballot employees,” Inexperienced instructed The Each day Sign in an e-mail.

“They need to affect American elections and push our nation towards their model of totalitarianism,” he added. 

Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., echoed the requires an investigation. Like Norman, nonetheless, he didn’t specific optimism about any substantial progress relating to election safety underneath Democrat management. 

“President Trump’s DNI John Ratcliffe concluded that China supposed to intrude within the 2020 election, and Eugene Yu’s ties to the Communist Occasion ought to be instantly investigated,” Banks, the chairman of the Republican Research Committee, instructed The Each day Sign in an emailed assertion. 

“Sadly, election safety has turn into a partisan challenge and I feel we’ll have to attend until Republicans win again the Home for the kind of election integrity measure outlined in Chief McCarthy’s Dedication to America,” Banks added. 

A Konnech spokesman denied the allegations in a assertion supplied to The New York Occasions and labeled Yu’s arrest “wrongful.” Yu immigrated from China to the U.S. in 1986 and is an American citizen, Newsweek reported. 

“Any L.A. County ballot employee information that Konnech might have possessed was supplied to it by L.A. County and subsequently couldn’t have been ‘stolen’ as prompt,” the spokesman stated.

Victoria Coates, a senior analysis fellow in worldwide affairs and nationwide safety in The Heritage Basis’s Margaret Thatcher Middle for Freedom, slammed the Individuals’s Republic of China as a “ravenous client of information on all points they contemplate delicate for the U.S.” (The Each day Sign is the media outlet of The Heritage Basis.) 

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“They usually try to reap dossiers on teams they assume they could exploit sooner or later ­– on this case to doubtlessly meddle in U.S. elections,” Coates stated.

Konnech didn’t reply to The Each day Sign’s remark request. 

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