State, local city clerks to conduct audit of Antrim County election results Thursday

Posted at 10:52 AM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 10:52:55-05

(WXYZ) — Several groups will gather on Thursday to conduct a risk-limiting audit of the Antrim County votes from the Nov. 3 presidential election.

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According to the Michigan Secretary of State, the Michigan Bureau of Elections, Antrim County Clerk's Office and a bipartisan group of clerks will conduct the audit.

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The clerks and others from both parties will hand-tally every vote cast for president in the general election in Antrim County. The clerks involved from other cities will be Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, Rochester Hills City Clerk Tina Barton and others.

The Michigan Secretary of State said the audit is expected to confirm the accuracy of the machine-tabulated results that were certified last month.

“While we know the machine tabulators functioned properly in Antrim, we are conducting this audit to assure the public of what countless officials from both parties at the federal, state and local levels have already confirmed – that this was the most secure election in our nation’s history and the certified results are an accurate reflection of the will of the voters,” Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a release. “It is time for Michigan and the nation to once and for all dismiss the meritless disinformation campaign that seeks to undermine the integrity of our election and move forward in support of our collective democracy.”

The audit will be live-streamed at 9 a.m. on the Michigan Department of State social media accounts, and results will be shared publicly when it's finished.

The SOS said they will likely have a slight difference from the machine-tabulated results, which is typical for hand-tallied totals.

Dominion CEO John Poulos testified before state lawmakers Tuesday, defending his company from conspiracy theories after a clerk in Antrim made a mistake while reporting unofficial results on election night, giving Trump votes to Biden.

The error was quickly fixed, but that hasn’t stopped growing claims that Dominion somehow switched votes, something CEO John Poulos, under oath, refuted.

“All the tabulator does is count the votes from the paper ballots that have been created and securely cast by the voters. The number reported by the machine can always be compared to a hand count of those original paper ballots," said Poulos.

President Trump — continuing to add to the conspiracies on social media — posted a tweet, referencing a report widely disputed by local clerks and Michigan elections officials and even flagged by Twitter.