Secretary of State
OCTOBER 25, 2021
Hillsdale County Clerk will run elections, ensure security and integrity
The Michigan Bureau of Elections has directed the Adams Township clerk to immediately cease administering elections in Adams Township, including next week's election, after the clerk failed to comply with legal requirements necessary to ensure the safety and security of upcoming elections. Hillsdale County Clerk Marney Kast's office will supervise elections in Adams Township until further notice.
"The voters of Adams Township expect, deserve, and have a right to have their election carried out in accordance with all state and federal laws," said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. "I am confident that the Hillsdale County Clerk's office will administer the election in a manner that ensures that it is legal, transparent, and secure."
The Adams Township clerk did not allow preventative maintenance on voting equipment, a necessary safeguard to ensure tabulators and voter assist terminals used by voters with disabilities are functioning properly on Election Day. She also stated that she was unwilling to complete required certifications of Public Accuracy Testing of voting machines - which confirms vote counting machines are accurate and is done transparently with public viewing allowed to affirm faith in their performance. The clerk also said she may try to conduct future elections without the certified voting equipment selected by Hillsdale County. Following multiple letters from the Bureau of Elections, she refused to confirm that she would fulfill her legal requirements.
Copies of all the letters from the Bureau of Elections to the Adams Township clerk can be viewed at this link.
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