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Man bought stolen voting machine says authorities didn’t even bother to CONTACT him

The voting rights activist who bought an allegedly stolen Dominion voting machine on eBay is still waiting for authorities to contact him about the purchase.

Harri Hursti, a Connecticut-based computer programmer and activist, told CNN last week that he bought the machine on eBay for $1,200.

He went on to say that he had contacted authorities in Michigan, where the machine originated, to tell them about his purchase. Hursti told CNN at the time that the machine was still sealed in its box at his home.

On Sunday, Hursti exclusively told DailyMail.com that the box is still at his home and that he hasn’t heard from Michigan authorities since last Monday.

The Finn, who was born in Finland, explained that if the machine is stolen, as Michigan officials are claiming, it would be the first stolen voting machine in US history.

Hursti said that while there is a documented history of voting machines being left at locations or left uncollected after elections, there is no record of any being stolen.

On Sunday, Hursti exclusively told DailyMail.com that the box is still at his home and that he hasn't heard from Michigan authorities since last Monday

On Sunday, Hursti exclusively told DailyMail.com that the box is still at his home and that he hasn’t heard from Michigan authorities since last Monday

Michigan has been battling allegations of voter fraud by forces close to Donald Trump since the 2020 presidential election

Michigan has been battling allegations of voter fraud by forces close to Donald Trump since the 2020 presidential election

Before Hursti even received his purchase, he said he contacted several states to see if a machine was missing, none said it was the case

Before Hursti even received his purchase, he said he contacted several states to see if a machine was missing, none said it was the case

He went on to say that it is the duty of the Michigan Secretary of State’s office to conduct the first investigation into election issues like this. From there, the office decides whether the investigations will be referred further or not.

Before Hursti even received his purchase, he said he contacted several states to see if a machine was missing, none said it was the case.

On Thursday, a Michigan State Police spokesman, Lt. Derrick Carroll told the Detroit News that his office was investigating the sale.

According to a CNN report, the Tab was sold on eBay by an Ohio Uber driver who picked it up online at a Goodwill store.

Uber driver Ean Hutchison told CNN’s Donie O’Sullivan that he bought the machine online for just $8 at a Goodwill store in Cadillac, Michigan, about 100 miles north of Grand Rapids.

Uber driver Ean Hutchison said he's offering potential buyers a chance to

Uber driver Ean Hutchison said he’s offering potential buyers a chance to “own a piece of history.”

Hutchison was the sole bidder in an online auction for the machine. He told CNN that it was the “Dominion Voting” label on the screen that caught his interest.

He in turn sold it to Hursti for $1200. Hursti reported this to the authorities immediately after purchasing the machine.

Speaking to DailyMail.com, Hursti said he spends a lot of time researching and scouting for voting machines that could be for sale online. He was referred to the existence of the Dominion machine on eBay by a friend.

It’s not clear if the convenience store knew exactly what the machine was when they put it up for sale.

Hutchison teased potential buyers on eBay, saying, “Michigan’s Dominion ImageCast X voting engine has a piece of history. This voting machine was one of thousands used in the 2020 US Presidential Election.”

He told O’Sullivan, “As far as I knew, it was a perfectly legal sale on my part.”

Hursti said in the article that he was advised by law enforcement not to open the box the machine came in.

When told how much Hutchison originally paid for the machine, Hursti said, “I’m really surprised by that. I mean eight dollars. He made a good profit.’

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson appears in the CNN article to reassure voters across the country that the state's voting practices are safe

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson appears in the CNN article to reassure voters across the country that the state’s voting practices are safe

He went on to say that it was only after he contacted Michigan officials about the machine that he realized it was gone.

Hursti said, “It’s shocking that it wasn’t until we started asking, ‘Does it belong somewhere?’ Only then did they realize it had been stolen.”

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson appears in the CNN article to reassure voters across the country that the state’s voting practices are safe.

Benson said, “Michigan’s elections are secure. Before every election, we test each machine for accuracy. We have never seen any real evidence of challenges or wrongdoing or lack of security in the process even with this unauthorized access to machines.’

She spoke of a “nationally coordinated effort” to meddle in elections, while conservatives and ex-President Donald Trump claimed the 2020 presidential election was rigged.

Benson said she is working with police to find out how the machine ended up being sold. The voting machine comes from Colfax Township in Wexford County in Michigan.

Colfax Township has a population of 763 people.

Wexford County Clerk Alaina Nyman told The Detroit News that the machine went missing ahead of the Aug. 2 Democratic state gubernatorial primary.

Nyman said: “Please know that election security in Wexford County has been and will continue to be my number one priority.”

The Detroit News report goes on to mention that a special prosecutor will be appointed to investigate various state Republicans and their attempts to gain access to the state’s voting technology.

Authorities believe their efforts are part of an elaborate plan to prove ex-President Donald Trump’s claims that the 2020 election was stolen.

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Emma Colton

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