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GOP-initiated ‘forensic audit’ unveils no fraud in Macomb County election

By: - January 11, 2022 12:34 pm

Macomb County clerk’s office | Susan J. Demas

Macomb County’s “forensic audit” of the 2020 election unveiled nothing remotely resembling fraud, further debunking repeated and unsubstantiated claims by supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The audit by Alabama-based Pro V&V, a company that tests voting systems, examined election technology and found “no outside interference.”

Among the baseless conspiracy theories is that outsiders hacked the election results, a claim that has been debunked by numerous courts, state and local audits and Trump’s own administration.

Macomb County Clerk Anthony Forlini

“This is just one step to restore confidence in the election process,” Republican Clerk Anthony G. Forlini wrote in a letter released Thursday, the one-year anniversary of the riot at the U.S. Capitol.

In the 2020 election in Macomb County, Trump defeated Biden 53%-45%. Forlini, a former Harrison Township supervisor who served in the state House from 2011 to 2016, was elected clerk in 2020.

Forlini said he wanted a specialist to examine the county’s election hardware and software.

Macomb County has become a hotbed of extremism and conspiracy theories. Five of the 14 Michigan residents charged for participating in the Jan. 6 insurrection are from Macomb County.

Once known as the home of the “Reagan Democrats,” Macomb has become the largest Republican county in the state.

After voting twice for Barack Obama, Macomb County voters were the key to Trump’s victory in Michigan in 2016. Trump won the county by about 48,000 votes, or nearly five times his margin of victory statewide. In 2020, Trump beat Joe Biden by nearly 40,000 votes in the county, and for the first time, Republicans took control of the 13-member County Board of Commissioners and now hold four of five countywide seats (prosecutor, treasurer, public works commissioner and clerk/register of deeds).

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Steve Neavling
Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling is an award-winning investigative journalist with the Detroit Metro Times. He operated Motor City Muckraker, an online news site devoted to exposing abuses of power and holding public officials accountable. Neavling also hosted Muckraker Report on 910AM from September 2017 to July 2018. Before launching Motor City Muckraker, Neavling was a five-year veteran of the Detroit Free Press, covering Detroit’s city hall.