Michigan County Antrim Voting Machine Report Referred to Committee January 6
A senior Michigan official is drawing the federal government’s attention to a ‘forensic audit’ report claiming there were issues with voting machines used in County Antrim in the 2020 election.
Jocelyn Benson, Michigan’s secretary of state, recently wrote a letter to the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, raising the possibility that a controversial analysis of Dominion Voting Systems machines – disputed by the company she –even state officials and at least one election security expert — was instrumental in former President Donald Trump’s claims of widespread fraud and disputed contest results.
“What remains unclear is to what extent the authors of the bogus report wrote it to lay the groundwork for the former president’s executive order, and whether they did so under his direction or under the direction of his campaign,” Benson wrote in the letter dated Jan. 26. Attorney General Merrick Garland is copied on the letter.
County Antrim prosecutor James Rossiter told the Washington Post in a report released Feb. 9, he refused a request from Rudy Giuliani and other Trump legal advisers to seize and share his county’s voting machines. “I said, ‘I can’t just say [to] give them here. We don’t have this magic power to just demand things as prosecutors. You need probable cause,” Rossiter said. Giuliani’s attorney said his client declined to comment on the report.
Documents already obtained by the January 6 committee referred to the findings of the County Antrim report, including an unsigned draft presidential order that would have ordered the Secretary of Defense to seize voting machines and appoint a special counsel to investigate the 2020 election. A “strategic communications plan” outlines a bid by the Trump team to convince House and Senate Republicans to vote against certification of the 2020 election results in several states, including Michigan, ahead of January 6 Electoral College certification.
The voting machine report was written in a now-dismissed lawsuit in County Antrim that began as a challenge to a proposal by a local marijuana retailer that passed by a narrow margin following of a new tabulation not taking into account three damaged ballot papers. However, it was the presidential race that became the center of attention after early results in the county showed then-candidate Joe Biden winning, although officials discovered mismatches. tabulation and certified Trump as the winner. Officials blamed the incident on human error, specifically a software update failure that resulted in erroneously tabulating 6,000 votes for Biden rather than Trump.
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In an early victory, the judge allowed solicitor Matthew DePerno and his client, County Antrim resident William Bailey, to choose Allied Security Operations Group, a Dallas-based cybersecurity firm, to conduct a “medical audit.” legal” of Dominion machines in the county on December 6, 2020.
The report that followed stated that the review of Dominion equipment found an error rate of 68.05%, which the assessment found was well above the “allowable election error rate established by Federal Election Commission guidelines” at 0.0008%, and “demonstrated a material and fatal error in the security and integrity of the election.” ASOG also concluded that the Dominion machines were “intentionally and deliberately designed with inherent errors to create systemic fraud and influence election results”.
“At the time, we knew that then-unknown individuals had traveled to Antrim to generate the report, and that the Trump campaign lawyer [Jenna] Ellis told the media that they were members of his team,” Benson wrote in his letter.
At the time, the voting machine review prompted Benson to warn voters to beware of a “misinformation campaign” by “people with no apparent technical expertise in election technology.” Dominion CEO John Poulos blasted ASOG’s report during a hearing with Michigan lawmakers, testifying that the findings were “categorically false” and published by a “biased group”. His company has filed several libel suits since the November 2020 election.
J. Alex Halderman, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan, authored a report released by the Michigan Department of State claiming that human error led to early tabulation errors in the county from Antrim. Although Halderman acknowledged the vulnerabilities in election technology, he pointed out that “there is no evidence that any of these issues have ever been exploited in County Antrim.” Halderman also authored another report, which is currently under seal in an election case, on alleged vulnerabilities in Georgia’s voting hardware, also Dominion-like.
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In his letter, Benson notes that Sidney Powell, an attorney who was assisting Trump’s efforts to challenge the 2020 election results, may have had access to the ASOG report before 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer n issue an order to have it published on December 14. 2020, because in an election-related filing to the Supreme Court the previous day, she cited “new evidence and information” from the analysis to argue that fraud and irregularities occurred in the 2020 election.
DePerno has become the face of the battle against officials over the election results in County Antrim, a northern Michigan jurisdiction. He and others, including Trump, alleged that county voting machines were hacked, altering votes. DePerno has appealed County Antrim’s dismissal of the case, but the Michigan Court of Appeals has yet to weigh in, the Traverse-Eagle County Record reported over the weekend. DePerno is now a candidate for Michigan attorney general and he has been endorsed by Trump.
Current Attorney General Dana Nessel announced in July 2021 that her office, with the assistance of state police, would investigate individuals who may have personally profited from allegations of voter fraud in Michigan.
This followed the release of a report from the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee that found the battleground state’s certified election results were accurate and featured prominently allegations of fraud. in County Antrim, mentioning DePerno by name and calling his arguments “manifestly false and well-founded”. on misleading information and illogical conclusions. The committee suggested the Attorney General investigate “those who have used misleading and false information about County Antrim to raise money or publicity for their own purposes”.
Nessel, a Democrat, announced last month that evidence from an investigation of 16 Republicans who signed alternative voter certificates supporting Trump in the 2020 election had been turned over to federal prosecutors.