Antrim County, Michigan, may be a small county, but it received a ton of press attention following the November election due to tabulation errors that President Trump and his allies believed were due to faulty voting machine software — Trump was attacked for the position, but it turns out that he may have been right all along.
Now, several months later, Antrim County commissioners have rejected a request to use Dominion voting machines, choosing instead to count all ballots by hand, to prevent future voting irregularities in the county during the 2020 presidential election.
The commissioners turned down the proposal of the chief election officer to hire consultants to prepare current Dominion voting machines for the May 4 primary. The group voted unanimously to keep the computer-based system “on ice.”
Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy issued the request, noting the machines were not certified after a December forensic investigation. The hand count decision could contrast state law according to Guy.
The county of approximately 23,000 citizens became a public example following the 2020 presidential election. Thousands of vote were initially incorrectly given to now-President Joe Biden.
The votes were soon corrected with then-President Donald Trump winning the county’s election. Trump has argued Antrim County is an example of widespread voter fraud involving Dominion voting machines.
Guy, a Trump supporter, has since noted the voting problem was due to human error.
Dominion has rejected the allegations, despite reports in additional states reporting issues with the company’s software. Officials in Louisiana and Ohio have since rejected use of the popular software voting system.
Biden won the state of Michigan’s 16 electoral votes by about 150,000 ballots. Michigan’s controversy was well-noted following the Nov. election, though emphasis later shifted to other battleground states such as Georgia and Pennsylvania.
Antrim County can likely handle the hand count without problem with its size. Other areas of the country will face much more pressure to continue computerized vote counts, despite ongoing accusations.