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Clara Hendrickson
By Clara Hendrickson May 11, 2021
Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke May 11, 2021

No, Michigan hasn’t requested a full forensic audit of election results

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  • No more audits are planned, according to the secretary of state’s office.
 

Six months after the 2020 presidential election, an audit of the election results in Maricopa County, Ariz., is underway at the behest of Republicans in the state’s Senate. But such an audit hasn’t been ordered in Michigan, contrary to claims spreading on social media. 

"Michigan has requested a full forensic audit," one post said

It was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

We reached out to the Michigan secretary of state’s office to ask about the post. A spokesperson for the agency told us that it’s "misinformation." 

"No new audits are planned," media relations director Tracy Wimmer said in an email. "We conducted more than 250 around the state, and those were completed months ago." 

Wimmer pointed us to a press release posted on the secretary of state website announcing that all of the audits "confirmed the integrity and accuracy of the 2020 general election." 

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There are ongoing efforts to challenge the election results in Michigan, but they’re centered in Antrim County, Mich., which the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported is home to one of the last such active lawsuits in the country.  

A circuit court judge heard arguments in the case on May 10 but has not yet decided on a motion by the county and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to dismiss the lawsuit,. 

But the judge did grant a motion by the county and Benson to quash the plaintiffs’ subpoenas to conduct a forensic review of tabulators, election equipment and ballots used in Antrim County townships.

A human error in unofficial election night results briefly showed Joe Biden winning Antrim County, a GOP stronghold. That fueled an unfounded conspiracy theory that Dominion Voting Systems tabulators switched votes from Donald Trump to President Joe Biden. A hand recount of the ballots affirmed that Trump won that county. 

Cyber Ninjas, the company the Senate in Arizona hired to lead the audit there, is listed in court documents as an expert witness for the plaintiff in the Antrim County lawsuit. Among the documents filed in support of the lawsuit is an inaccurate report about the tabulators and an analysis that falsely claims an algorithm was used to manipulate election results there. 

In December, the judge in this case allowed the plaintiff to have a third party conduct a forensic examination of the county’s voting equipment. A motion by an Antrim County commissioner to hire a third party to conduct a forensic audit of the county’s election results was tabled until a June meeting.

We rate this post False.

 

Our Sources

Facebook post, May 9, 2021

PolitiFact, No truth to the claim that Arizona audit found Trump up by 250,000 votes, May 7, 2021

Michigan Secretary of State, More than 250 audits confirm accuracy and integrity of Michigan’s election, March 2, 2021

Traverse City Record-Eagle, Antrim County election lawsuit is one of the last in the nation, May 9, 2021

Detroit Free Press, Antrim County hand tally affirms certified election results, Dec. 17, 2020

Detroit Free Press, Fact check: No, an algorithm did not manipulate Michigan’s election results, April 16, 2021

Detroit Free Press, State of Michigan moves to intervene in Antrim County lawsuit alleging voter fraud, Dec. 9, 2020

Antrim County case 

Email interview with Tracy Wimmer, director of media relations, Michigan Secretary of State, May 10, 2021

 

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