July 7, 2022

Michigan election clerk found in possession of missing equipment cited concern about data being erased

Formerly missing election equipment was found by Michigan State Police earlier in the week in a rural county of Michigan, according to a report by The Washington Examiner

The Hillsdale Country election machine was missing a tablet that was part of it’s interface that went missing after a clerk in Adams Township, Stephanie Scott, refused to sign off on the required procedures in preparation for the Nov. 2 election.

Scott was later relieved of her authority to run elections, but officials lost track of the equipment during the handoff of responsibilities to the next clerk.

“The missing election equipment from Adams Township was recovered by the Michigan State Police from the township hall today, and the investigation to determine if it was tampered with is ongoing,” Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for the Michigan Department of State, said in a statement to the Washington Examiner.

“In the interim, the secretary will continue fighting to hold accountable anyone who threatens the integrity or security of Michigan elections.”

“We do not have further comment on the specifics of any matter that is currently the subject of an ongoing criminal investigation, but we will and do refer any suspected violation of state or federal election law to the proper authorities,” the statement added.

Scott claimed that she was concerned about old data being wiped from the machines when speaking to why she was non-compliant with some of the election requirements she was asked to perform.

“When you have the fox guarding the henhouse, somebody’s got to stand up and guard those hens,” Scott told Bridge Michigan .

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced on Monday that she stripped Scott of her powers to run elections, saying that she “failed to comply with legal requirements necessary to ensure the safety and security of upcoming elections.”

Questions have been raised about the validity of Scott’s concerns due to statements made on social media, including those relating to the conservative ideology centering around QAnon and his motto, “WWG1WGA,” or “Where we go one we go all.”

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