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Example 4

Example 4

Example 4

<span style="font-size:22px;">Dominion machines in Antrim County counted votes for president accurately</span>

Antrim County initially reported incorrect unofficial results because the clerk had updated the software on some but not all of the county’s Dominion vote counting machines. This was a user error, and not a flaw in the technology. (A more detailed explanation of the error is available here.) Because Michigan uses all paper ballots and prints paper tallies, such reporting errors are always caught and corrected in the county canvass, if not before, as was the case in Antrim. 
 
Following a national, partisan effort to suggest the error in Antrim was part of a larger conspiracy, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced a hand-tally audit of all the votes cast for president in Antrim County, to confirm what was already known to be true – that the Dominion machines had counted correctly and the certified election results were accurate – and to bolster voters’ faith in the election. In fact, a statewide pilot risk-limiting audit conducted after the March 10, 2020 presidential primary election had demonstrated that Michigan’s vote-counting machines were accurate across the state.
 
Shortly before the Antrim County audit, a partisan group with no experience in election administration or election technology, and a history of making incorrect claims, wrote a report that falsely and without evidence claimed the Dominion machines had acted improperly. This was thoroughly debunked by Dominion  and the statement of an actual election expert submitted to the U.S. Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs. 
 
A bipartisan group of election officials then conducted the hand-tally audit of every ballot cast for president which also confirmed the accuracy of the previously certified machine-tabulated results. The audit was conducted by bipartisan election officials, with law enforcement and independent media present. It was also livestreamed for the public to view. 
 
Following the audit, the attorney for the same partisan group that had released the false report released videos of the audit. By omitting explanation provided by election officials, the videos wrongly suggested the audit had been conducted improperly. In fact, officials explained that: 
 

<span class="sr-only">Dominion machines in Antrim County counted votes for president accurately 2</span>

 
  • Signatures do not appear on absentee ballots. 
     
  • It is common for write-in candidates to appear in the same handwriting if the same election worker carries out the required act of duplicating the ballots of voters who are military/overseas/disabled (which are initially provided in a format that cannot be machine tabulated). 
     
  • In accordance with the law, all materials from the election would be securely stored for 22 months should further investigation be necessary. 
     
  • Anyone who found evidence of fraud or any criminal activity should report it to the local law enforcement officials on site. 
Following these explanations, no one expressed concern with the audit or made any reports of wrongdoing to law enforcement, including the attorney for the partisan group.
 
In all, 65 Michigan counties used Dominion machines in the 2020 general election. Ninety percent of them – 59 out of 65 – were won by President Trump.