More than 250 countywide audits confirmed the accuracy of Michigan’s 2020 election results, according to a top state official.
"It is time for leaders across the political spectrum to tell their constituents the truth, that our election was the most secure in history, and the results accurately reflect the will of Michigan’s voters," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in an announcement on Tuesday, adding further credence to a statewide "risk-limiting" audit of 18,000 randomly selected ballots completed last month for a contest that was a focus of high-profile legal challenges mixed up in former President Donald Trump's claims of a stolen election due to widespread voter fraud.
Benson, a Democrat, stressed the entire process was done with the help of more than 1,300 Republican, Democrat, and nonpartisan clerks in addition to the state Bureau of Elections.
STATEWIDE AUDIT IN TRUMP-CONTESTED MICHIGAN AFFIRMS 2020 ELECTION RESULTS
“Over the last several months, the state Bureau of Elections has worked with local clerks to conduct more audits than ever before in our state’s history, and each has reaffirmed the accuracy, security, and integrity of the November 2020 election,” Benson said. “We’ve responded to every question and claim, and the evidence is clear."
As part of this process of reviewing the election, officials counted every ballot and affirmed the results in Antrim County, a small county in the northern part of the state that has become a hotbed for election fraud allegations and a lawsuit. The audit, conducted in December, netted Trump a mere 12 votes.
Antrim County, along with Maricopa County in Arizona, drew the attention of Trump and his supporters, in particular for allegations that Dominion Voting Systems machines rigged the November election for President Biden, claims that have been vociferously denied by the company and have led to litigation. Biden won the state of Michigan and its 16 Electoral College votes by more than 154,000 votes.
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“If state lawmakers truly want to affirm faith in our elections, they will provide more time to election officials to process absentee ballots before Election Day, and canvass them afterwards, just as I’ve proposed in my legislative agenda to advance the vote and protect democracy,” Benson said. “Had they done this prior to November, after clerks and I asked them to for more than a year, they could have preemptively debunked many of the lies that have since attacked our democracy.”