Michigan election audit: Hand recount matches machine recount within 1%

Statewide election audit process affirms presidential election outcome

A statewide election audit confirmed that Michigan’s vote-counting machines are accurate, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
A statewide election audit confirmed that Michigan’s vote-counting machines are accurate, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

LANSING, Mich.A statewide election audit confirmed that Michigan’s vote-counting machines are accurate, according to Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

That confirms that President Joe Biden won the state’s Nov. 3, 2020 presidential election.

Hundreds of Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan municipal and county clerks from more than 1,300 local jurisdictions participated in the audit. They hand counted more than 18,000 ballots that were randomly selected throughout the state.

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In the hand count, President Biden received more votes than former president Donald Trump. The percentage of votes for each candidate was within fractions of a percentage point of machine-tabulated totals.

They also looked at Michigan’s three largest counties, each uses a different voting machine vendor. The audit results were also all within one percentage point of the November results.

Officials said, “the closeness in percentages between the hand-reviewed ballots and the machine-tabulated totals provides strong additional evidence of the accuracy of the machine count.”

In the statewide sample, Biden recieved votes on 50 percent of all ballots reviewed and Trump received 48 percent. In Wayne County, which uses Dominion machines, Biden received 68 percent, while Trump received 31 percent. In Oakland County, which uses Hart machines, Biden received 57 percent while Trump received 41 percent, and in Macomb County, which uses ES&S machines, Biden received 44 percent and Trump received 54 percent.

When a full report of results is compiled, the Bureau of Elections will publish it.

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