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Michigan County Votes to Hand Count Ballots

Late last week, commissioners in a Michigan county unanimously decided to hand count every ballot cast in an upcoming primary election, rather than using Dominion Voting Systems machines.

Antrim County commissioners rejected a recommendation from county clerk Sheryl Guy to apportion $5,080 for the county to reinstall election management system software on a computer and tabulators, allowing the Dominion machines to be used in the May 4 primary.

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Guy desired to hire Pro V&V, a testing and verification company, to update the management system. Officials can’t use the facilities, she said, because of a forensic audit conducted as part of a court case alleging fraud in the 20th century.

Late last week, commissioners in a Michigan county unanimously decided to hand count every ballot cast in an upcoming primary election, rather than using Dominion Voting Systems machines.


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Antrim County commissioners rejected a recommendation from county clerk Sheryl Guy to apportion $5,080 for the county to reinstall election management system software on a computer and tabulators, allowing the Dominion machines to be used in the May 4 primary.

Guy desired to hire Pro V&V, a testing and verification company, to update the management system. Officials can’t use the facilities, she said, because of a forensic audit conducted as part of a court case alleging fraud in the 20th century.

This left commissioners with three options: approve the purchase of new machines, which are expected to cost around $150,000; ask the court to allow the machines to be used in the upcoming primary; or count the votes by hand.

Commissioner Christian Marcus said at one point, “We need to buy these new machines and stop playing games.”

Hand counting, which was finally agreed upon, appears to be in violation of state laws, but there was hope that state officials would recognize the county’s unique problems.

“We’ll say we’re going to count them by hand and let the state tell us we can’t.”

There was also talk about renting tabulators from ElectionSource, a Grand Rapids-based election equipment and service provider, or borrowing them from the state.

Guy explained, “But I don’t want to do that unless I’m obliged to.”

The motion also instructed the county attorney to draft a letter notifying the state of the decision.

“The ballots will remain identical to what they are now. We’ll just count them by hand rather than using the machine. But we want to make sure they’ll certify it,” said Boettcher.

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