May 28, 2022

Michigan Secretary of State downplays Michigan voting machine errors in 2020 presidential election

Democrats have very little in their agenda that appeals to Americans. Because of this, they still have to return to the well of the Jan. 6 incursion at the U.S. Capitol to score political points.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson contends that a “forensic audit” of voting machines in Antrim County played a role in Trump’s ability to allegedly incite the riot at the Capitol, the Washington Examiner reported. The Democrat made this claim in a letter to the Jan. 6 committee investigating the incident.

Benson asserted in a letter dated Jan. 26 that an analysis of the Dominion Voting Machines was the impetus for Trump’s insistence that there was fraud in the 2020 presidential election. Though the company denied those claims as well as other officials, it helped the former president launch challenges against the voting results.

“What remains unclear is the extent to which the authors of the false report drafted it to lay the groundwork for the former president’s executive order, and if they did so at his direction or the direction of his campaign,” Benson wrote. She also copied Attorney General Merrick Garland on the letter as well.

The audit allegedly found that Antrim County’s machines had an error rate of 68.05%, well above the 0.0008% permissible under guidelines issued by the Federal Election Commission. Still, professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Michigan J. Alex Halderman insisted that “there is no evidence that any of these problems was ever exploited in Antrim County” despite acknowledging the machines’ vulnerabilities.

The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack is already keyed into the role the Antrim County audit played in the former president’s basis for disputing the election. It has obtained an unsigned draft of an executive order that would have seized voting machines to be examined by a special council based on that investigation.

The committee is also in possession of a “strategic communications plan” that would have urged Congressional Republicans to refuse to certify election results on Jan. 6. Authorities believe that the incident at the Capitol was an attempt to stop that certification from being completed.

Democrats continue to hang onto the Jan. 6 incident because they have no political capital outside of their opposition to Trump and their sensational claims about the incursion. Trump has been out of office for more than a year, yet they’re still trying desperately to cash in on the opposition.

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