Macomb County clerk’s office | Susan J. Demas
In the next few weeks, election servers in Macomb County will begin to undergo a “forensic audit” process initiated by the Republican county clerk, although there isn’t evidence that such a security measure is necessary.
Macomb County Clerk Anthony Forlini, a former state House member, announced the plan Tuesday, saying that he hopes the audit will “restore the confidence of our election processes in Macomb County.”
More than 250 election audits have already been conducted in Michigan by Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and local election clerks. Each uncovered no evidence of fraud or election security issues.
Since former President Donald Trump lost Michigan and the presidency to now-President Joe Biden in 2020, many Republicans — including some lawmakers — have pushed unfounded claims and conspiracy theories about Michigan’s election systems being unsafe.
Those theories are usually used to support the false claim that Trump did not actually lose to Biden. The current Democratic president beat Trump in Michigan by over 154,000 votes.
But Forlini told the Associated Press that the audit is not a look back at 2020 or an attempt to overturn election results, but rather a proactive step toward strengthened security for future elections.
The Bureau of Elections does allow accredited contractors to review its election systems.
Forlini said the work, which will be done by the Alabama-based contractor Pro V&V, will result in a “complete forensic image” of the server and hard drive to the tune of roughly $16,000. The job is expected to be complete before November elections.
Republicans in Arizona conducted a so-called “audit” that actually found Biden beat Trump by more votes, as the Arizona Mirror reported. GOP legislation has been introduced for similar actions in Michigan and other states.
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