Fiancée of man accused of freezing animals alive charged with killing, torturing animals
Horses, dogs, rabbits, snakes and other reptiles were seized from the Antrim County home of Brooklyn Beck, of Central Lake, the report said. A lot of the animals were starving, said Antrim County Animal Control officer Heather Belknap. The animals are in the care of Antrim County Animal Control, the report said. Beck’s fiancé, Michael Patrick Turland, 43, of Central Lake, is charged with 94 counts of felony animal cruelty in Arizona after sheriff’s deputies responded to a request for an animal welfare check in April. It appears that some of them were still alive when they were put in the freezer, police said.mlive.com
Antrim County man wins $500K lottery prize after asking girlfriend to buy his tickets for him
“I gave my girlfriend some money and told her to get me a few Lottery tickets when she went to the store,” said the 47-year-old winner, who chose to remain anonymous. The winner visited lottery headquarters in Lansing recently to claim his prize. For the latest on Michigan Lottery, check out the official Michigan Lottery site, which also offers more information on instant tickets, raffles and other lottery games. If you’d like to be the next player from Michigan to win a huge lottery prize, take a look at these tips from lottery expert Richard Lustig. The author of “Learn How To Increase Your Chances Of Winning The Lottery” has won more than $1 million in Florida by winning top jackpot prizes in smaller games.mlive.com
Election fraud, government corruption, transgender athletes discussed in Republican AG debate
Election fraud, government corruption and transgender athletes were among topics discussed by Republican attorney general candidates at a Thursday night debate. He also gained endorsements from Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock, Administrative Vice-Chair Diane Schindlbeck, Ethnic Vice Chair Bernadette Smith and Grassroots Vice Chair Marian Sheridan. DePerno claimed Leonard said there is no evidence of fraud in the 2020 election while attending last year’s Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference. Yes.”DePerno has fueled Trump’s false election fraud claims by pursuing an unsuccessful lawsuit in Antrim County. We proved there was fraud in this election.”Berman said he’s also investigated Antrim County and found that the votes were properly scanned by voting machines.mlive.com
Documents show Trump considered seizing voting machines based on discredited Antrim County conspiracy theory
Michigan and Antrim County played a central role in false voter fraud claims used to rationalize efforts to block the certification of 2020 election results. It was created on behalf of a plaintiff who unsuccessfully sued Antrim County seeking a new audit of the results. The plaintiff was represented by Portage attorney Matt DePerno, who is now running for Michigan Attorney General with Trump’s endorsement. A House oversight committee report on election fraud claims strongly rebuked the idea that Antrim County voting machines were vulnerable to fraud. False claims about Antrim County were also used to justify an attempt by 16 Michigan Republicans to sign illegitimate certificates claiming Trump won Michigan.mlive.com
Gubernatorial candidate skipping GOP conference will rally on election concerns in Antrim County instead
While most Republican gubernatorial candidates gather at the Mackinac Republican Leadership Conference later this month, Garrett Soldano will be up north for a different event: a grassroots rally in Antrim County. “The GOP establishment has already attempted to rig the primary in favor of their hand-picked candidate,” Soldano said in a press release. It takes place from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25, at Friske Farm Market in Ellsworth, Michigan. The semi-annual event takes place on Mackinac Island features nationally prominent speakers. The primary election to land on a Republican gubernatorial candidate takes place next August.mlive.com
Attorney accused of pushing false election fraud claims wants to be Michigan’s next attorney general
Matthew DePerno, a Portage-based attorney whose been accused by Senate Republicans of pushing false election fraud claims, says he’s running to become Michigan’s next attorney general. We must fight together for free and fair elections.”A report released by a Republican-led state legislative committee in June that reviewed election fraud claims debunked various allegations of fraud. Nessel’s office announced last week that it would take up the committee’s request to investigate those who may be profiting such false claims. Republican-leaning Antrim County on election night erroneously reported preliminary results indicating now-President Joe Biden won the county, where nearly 62% of voters cast ballots for Trump in 2016. “And then recently, she started attacking people like myself, claiming that she’s going to investigate people who talk about election fraud.mlive.com
Michigan AG will probe people making money off false election claims
Michigan’s attorney general is investigating after a Republican-led state legislative committee said people are making baseless allegations about 2020 presidential election results in a northern Michigan county to raise money or publicity for their own ends.
‘Zero credibility’ -- New report from Michigan GOP Senate members debunks claims of vote fraud
The investigation included 30 hours of public hearing, witness testimony from nearly 90 people, more than 400 pages of testimony and subpoenaed key documents from Secretary of State and municipal governments.
GOP-led Michigan Senate investigation finds no evidence of election fraud
An investigation by Michigan's Republican-led Senate Oversight Committee found no evidence of widespread voter fraud in 2020, and recommended that Michigan's attorney general investigate individuals who made false claims "for their own ends."Why it matters: A 35-page report released by the committee debunks election falsehoods and conspiracy theories spread by former President Trump and his supporters in the aftermath of November's election.Stay on top of the latest market trends and economic innews.yahoo.com
Documents show Trump pushed voter fraud claims on prosecutors as Michigan cast electoral votes for Biden
Newly released documents show members of then-President Donald Trump’s administration told federal prosecutors that Michigan should not certify election results on the day Democratic electors were set to cast votes for Joe Biden. An email containing false claims about results in Antrim County was sent from a member of the Trump White House to the Department of Justice and federal prosecutors in Michigan. The email includes “talking points” about Antrim County, where election-night mistakes caused a miscount in the unofficial results before being caught and fixed. In Antrim County, human error caused an inaccurate unofficial count before being fixed in the official results. A hand recount, official statewide audits and a 54-page analysis explained the mistakes in Antrim County and reaffirmed the results.mlive.com
Michigan Republicans demand ‘forensic audits’ of 2020 election, but party leaders say it’s time to move on
Michigan election officials already completed audits of the election, but former President Donald Trump’s supporters are unsatisfied. The Michigan audit drive has support from grassroots organizers within the MIGOP who worked on Trump’s campaign in 2020. Michigan Republican Party Grassroots Vice Chair Marian Sheridan and Coalitions Vice Chair Tami Carlone are circulating affidavits addressed to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake. Those claims were rebuked in a review of the results by Michigan election officials. Posts about Michigan election audits earned half a million interactions since March, according to analytics tool owned by Facebook.mlive.com
Doomed campaign to reinstate Trump comes to Antrim County, original home of the election lie
An election night error in Antrim County - which temporarily showed Donald Trump losing the historically Republican county - continues to fuel unproven allegation of voter fraud eight months later. “Although vulnerabilities in election technology are well documented, the Antrim County incident was not caused by a security breach,” Halderman wrote. Trump touted a lawsuit filed by Portage Attorney Matthew DePerno, which sought to force a new audit of the Antrim County results. Lou McKinney, an Antrim County resident who did not vote for Trump, said she’s worried that Dominion will sue the county. Randy Bishop, chairman of the Antrim County Conservative Union, posted a photo of the crowd, which showed several men wearing Proud Boys attire.mlive.com
Judge dismisses final Michigan election fraud suit, says that doesn’t mean there weren’t problems
The last of many election fraud lawsuits filed in Michigan following the November 2020 presidential election was dismissed by an Antrim County Circuit Court judge Tuesday. “There’s reason to do it twice ...“By deciding this motion, the court is not saying that there were no problems in the way Antrim County conducted its November 2020 election ... Lenberg reviewed data collected by DePerno’s hired team during a previous audit of the Antrim County results, voting machines and software. Lenberg’s report states he tried to replicate what happened in the Antrim election, intentionally causing votes to shift to an incorrect candidate. Sheryl Guy, the Antrim County clerk who oversaw the election there, is a Republican.mlive.com
Michigan Secretary of State asks judge to excuse her from deposition in election fraud lawsuit
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last week asked a judge to excuse her from a May 24 deposition in an ongoing election fraud lawsuit. The lawsuit stems from Nov. 3 Antrim County election results that were initially reported incorrectly to reflect President Joe Biden won in the Republican-leaning county. The initial complaint cited public statements made by Benson following the Antrim County election mishap, but it’s unusual for elected officials to be deposed in civil lawsuits. Antrim County Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer granted Bailey the opportunity to conduct a forensic audit of the Antrim County election results, voting machines and software. He released his report titled “Analysis of the Antrim County, Michigan November 2020 Election Incident,” which outlined procedural and computer-related flaws.mlive.com
‘Cyber Ninjas’ to refute Michigan report on election errors in lingering lawsuit
A Michigan judge on Monday said he’ll allow a dozen tech and election experts, including the Florida firm Cyber Ninjas and others who alleged election fraud following the November presidential election, to refute a secretary of state election report that determined mistakes in Michigan voting results were caused by human error and didn’t signal vulnerability or tampering with election machines. The company was recently hired by the Republican-majority Arizona Legislature to conduct an audit of election results in Maricopa County. Now the Cyber Ninjas, as well as other experts put forth by the plaintiff in an ongoing election fraud lawsuit, are likely going to weigh in on challenges to results in Michigan’s Antrim County. Halderman’s March 26 report, entitled “Analysis of the Antrim County, Michigan November 2020 Election Incident,” outlined procedural and computer-related flaws he found while reviewing Antrim County election results. The Halderman report was presented as a rebuttal to an earlier analysis filed as part of the Antrim County lawsuit by the plaintiff, William Bailey of Central Lake Township.mlive.com
Judge reins in sprawling Michigan election fraud lawsuit
A Michigan judge last week constricted the scope of a previously widening election lawsuit to its epicenter: Antrim County. Additionally, subpoenas to various local clerks for testimony and forensic election audits in Macomb, Grand Traverse, Barry and Livingston counties were quashed by Antrim County Circuit Judge Kevin A. Elsenheimer. The Antrim County clerk admitted to the County Commission that she had deleted some election files during her effort to correct the errors. “We cannot say that the election conducted in Antrim County was fair or proper without samples from other counties,” DePerno argued. He released his report entitled “Analysis of the Antrim County, Michigan November 2020 Election Incident,” which outlined procedural and computer-related flaws.mlive.com
Report on Antrim County error keeps battle over records going in lingering election lawsuit
William Bailey of Central Lake Township is again accusing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of is withholding records she’s been ordered to turn over as part of an ongoing election fraud lawsuit in Antrim County. This has become a theme in the lawsuit filed by Bailey in November alleging election fraud in Antrim County and potentially across the state. Bailey’s lawsuit focuses largely on Dominion Voting Systems tabulation machines and software that initially reported incorrect unofficial elections results in Antrim County, indicating former President Donald Trump lost the Republican-leaning county. This led to miscommunication and unofficial election night results that showed now-President Joe Biden beating former President Donald Trump, 7,769 to 4,509, results that baffled many. Staff manually entered results from the poll tapes for the affected scanners, and the county published revised unofficial results on November 5.mlive.com
Michigan clerks fight ‘fishing expedition’ subpoenas in election lawsuit
Michigan election clerks are contesting subpoenas in an ever-widening election fraud lawsuit that would require them to turn over vast numbers of documents and provide physical access to tabulators and other election equipment used during the 2020 presidential election. Attorneys for Livingston County Clerk Elizabeth Hundley, Grand Traverse County Clerk Bonnie Scheele, Barry County Clerk Pamela A. Palmer and Macomb County Clerk Anthony Forlini last week filed motions to have presiding Antrim County Circuit Judge Kevin A. Elsenheimer block the subpoenas. Similar subpoenas were also served to county clerks in Wayne, Kent, Charlevoix and Oakland counties. The subpoenas to county clerks request election tapes, paper ballots, system logs, tally servers, computer storage devices, reports, canvasser paperwork and notes created during the election certification process. Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Priscilla Chan, donated nearly $400 million to help local election clerks across the nation facilitate elections last fall -- including millions spent in Michigan.mlive.com
Communications with ex-President Trump’s political operatives irrelevant, judge rules in election fraud case
Lawyers appeared remotely via video feed Monday to discuss discovery issues arising in an unsettled election lawsuit filed in Antrim County. The Antrim County case is one of very few that continues following a flurry of litigation embarked upon by Trump and his supporters following the former president’s November loss. Grill said he thinks the Antrim County case should likewise be dismissed. The plaintiff’s attorney has requested a wide array of records from SOS Benson, including election spending documents and communications with big tech companies the plaintiff believes attempted to manipulate the election. “It is hard to imagine that considering the fraud that occurred in Antrim County, that not one person in the defendant’s office made one single cable to Antrim County,” DePerno wrote in an email to Grill.mlive.com
Plaintiff in election lawsuit accuses Secretary of State of withholding records
Legal finger-pointing in a lawsuit alleging election fraud has led to a hearing in a northern Michigan courtroom set for 11:30 a.m. Monday morning. Conversely, the state attorney general’s office, which is representing Benson, accuses Bailey and his attorney of dodging depositions that it’s been trying to schedule with the plaintiff and his expert witnesses since early January. Republican-leaning Antrim County on election night erroneously reported preliminary results indicating now-President Joe Biden won the county where nearly 62% of voters cast ballots for former President Donald Trump in 2016. “It is hard to imagine that considering the fraud that occurred in Antrim County, that not one person in the defendant’s office made one single cable to Antrim County,” DePerno wrote. The Antrim County case is one of at least two in Michigan that remain unresolved.mlive.com
Michigan county chooses to count ballots by hand in May vote
Antrim County commissioners turned down a request from the county clerk for $5,080 to prepare Dominion voting machines for the upcoming election, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. BELLAIRE, Mich. – A northern Michigan county that was sued over its counting of the fall election will count paper ballots by hand in the May 4 primary. Antrim County commissioners turned down a request from the county clerk for $5,080 to prepare Dominion voting machines for the upcoming election, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported. But it was attributed to human error, not any problems with voting machines, and corrected. A judge still took the extraordinary step of allowing forensic images of Dominion election equipment.
Northern Michigan man honored for saving man from burning vehicle
CLEARWATER TOWNSHIP, MI – A Northern Michigan is being honored for his heroic actions in rescuing a man from a burning vehicle. The victim’s vehicle had slid into a ditch and the engine compartment was on fire, police said. Bissell pulled the man out of the burning vehicle and then began fighting the fire with a fire extinguisher he had in his vehicle. Clearwater Township Fire Department responded to the scene and finished extinguishing the fire, police said. Bissell was honored during a ceremony at the Kalkaska Township Fire Department on Wednesday, Feb. 24, police said.mlive.com
Michigan election officials ordered to turn over communications with tech giants
Michigan election officials were ordered to turn over a wide variety of records related to the 2020 election cycle, including any communications with Facebook, Amazon, Google and Apple as part of a recent lawsuit. A short-lived, nearly 6,000-vote error in Michigan’s Republican-dominated Antrim County initially benefited President-Elect Joe Biden following the Nov. 3 election. The company was hired by Bailey and DePerno to “audit” the Dominion machines and election results in Antrim County. While there is a link between the Michigan election and Facebook, there’s no known connection to Apple, Google or Amazon. “(Benson) had funds available to her to spend on training counties on how to use Dominion Voting System.mlive.com
6 conspiracy theories about the 2020 election – debunked
The official results show Mr. Trump won Antrim County with 9,748 votes to Mr. Biden's 5,960. "No one is changing parts of pieces out of Dominion voting machines. No, Sharpie markers did not invalidate Trump votes in ArizonaThis claim was quickly debunked by state election officials. Dominion has also said that its voting machines have no problem with felt-tip markers. Amid that surge, conspiracy theories about the safety of mail-in voting started to circulate, largely at the hands of Mr. Trump.cbsnews.com
Michigan officials begin statewide audit of 2020 election results
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan election workers and employees rolled a 10-sided die to choose 20 numbers that will go through a random number generating software to choose ballots to be inspected and audited. More than 18,000 ballots will be used for what the state calls a risk-limiting audit. The audit is routine but will be under heavy scrutiny this year after repeated false claims that the state’s election was fraudulent or riddled with issues. Those claims focused on Antrim County where human error initially changed several thousand votes for President Trump to President-elect Joe Biden. Supreme Court rejects fast track for Trump election casesThe Supreme Court on Monday formally refused to put on a fast track election challenges filed by President Donald Trump and his allies.
Michigan AG claims wins in ongoing presidential election fraud cases
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Office claimed victories in two separate court rulings Monday related to unresolved election fraud lawsuits. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, the city of Detroit and others related to unfounded election fraud claims. Trump and his supporters used the Antrim County error to perpetuate broader, dubious claims of a Democratic conspiracy and fraud intended to steal the election from Trump. “The erroneous reporting of unofficial results from Antrim county was a result of accidental error on the part of the Antrim County clerk,” Benson’s office said. Trump began claiming election fraud on a large scale well before initial votes were tabulated, claims that have led to countless failed or dismissed lawsuits across Michigan and the nation.mlive.com
Objection against Michigan’s presidential electoral votes fails without support in Senate
Michigan’s electoral votes cast for President-elect Joe Biden survived a challenge by U.S. House Republicans seeking to discredit the election results of Democratic-voting swing states. U.S. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Georgia, said 70 House members supported her challenge to Michigan’s electoral votes, the attempt failed without a debate or vote since no Senator joined her written challenge. In one case, Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny ruled claims of voter fraud made in affidavits filed by Republican plaintiffs are “not credible.”Congress certified 306 electoral votes for Biden, putting him ahead of Trump’s 232 electoral votes. In a radio interview with Michael Patrick Shiels Thursday, U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, said he was prepared to defend Michigan’s election process if it came to a vote. READ MORE ON MLIVE:Democracy bent but didn’t break, Dingell says after Congress certifies electoral vote3 Michigan Republicans object to electoral votes in Arizona, PennsylvaniaMichigan representatives denounce attack on U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump mobWest Michigan Republicans describe siege of Capitol by pro-Trump ‘domestic terrorists’mlive.com
New nature preserve, public trails planned for scenic Torch River spot
TRAVERSE CITY, MICH. -- A Northern Michigan land conservancy plans to open a new public nature preserve along a rare, undeveloped stretch of the scenic Torch River in 2021. The preserve is to be named the Torch River Ridge Nature Preserve: A Cotanche Family Legacy, honoring Marty and Valerie Cotanche, who live near the preserve and made the donation that secured its creation. “We both realize the importance of acquisition and preservation of natural spaces given an ever-increasing population and development pressures,” Marty Cotanche said in a release. The preserve also will protect one of the last sizeable stretches of undeveloped frontage on the Torch River, which connects Torch Lake to Lake Skegemog as part of the nearly 100-mile-long Chain of Lakes waterway. “If I didn’t sell it to the conservancy, it would eventually have turned into hundreds of home sites.”The Torch River Ridge property will be the newest of the conservancy’s nearly 40 public nature preserves.mlive.com
GOP attorneys could face sanctions over falsehoods pressed in Michigan election lawsuits
In the latest filing, the attorney for Wayne County, Robert Davis, called on the federal judge in Michigan’s Eastern District to sanction lawyers for six Michigan Trump supporters suing Gov. Sanctions for Michigan AG, Secretary of StateTuesday, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel also said her office along with Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson will likely file sanctions of their own to get attorneys such as Powell banned from state courtrooms. That attorney, Matthew DePerno, has been a frequent guest of the far-right outlet Newsmax, a recent favorite of President Trump’s. The case is still ongoing in state court. The suit alleges that by allowing a state’s executive branch to certify a presidential election instead of state legislatures, it violates the constitution.
Nightside Report Dec. 17, 2020: Camera captures Amazon driver taking package he delivered in Warren, Metro Detroit family celebrates end of 11-year-old’s battle with sickle cell disease
View of Detroit from the Windsor sky camera on Nov. 29, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.DETROIT – Thomas Jaros’ doorbell camera captured an Amazon driver stealing a package that they had just delivered. With little government assistance, the food service in the United States has been decimated by the pandemic. In lieu of government assistance, one Metro Detroit supplier is stepping in to help as much as they can. Considering Michigan boasts the nation’s largest football stadium and fills it when the coronavirus isn’t lurking -- college football is huge in the state. The Michigan Legislature passed a couple of bills that would allow for paying college athletes.
Michigan’s audit of Antrim County votes reaffirms 2020 presidential election results
ANTRIM COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan officials conducted a “risk-limiting” audit of presidential election ballots cast in Antrim County, where a clerical error inspired baseless conspiracies of voter fraud. Antrim County uses software from Dominion Voting Systems, which has a target for conspiracy theories about election fraud this year. Even though the state’s election results have been certified for weeks, Michigan officials still chose to audit Antrim County’s votes on Dec. 17. As a result of the vote audit, Biden lost 1 vote and Trump gained 11 additional votes in Antrim County. “Today’s full audit in Antrim County confirmed the truth and affirmed the facts: Dominion’s voting machines accurately tabulated the votes cast for president in Antrim County,” Benson said on Dec. 17.
Hand count of Antrim County shows 12-vote gain for Trump
A hand tallied ballot recount conducted in Antrim County yielded little new information Thursday. President-elect Joe Biden got 5,959 votes, the hand count showed, one less than initially recorded. The audit included counting all of the ballots cast in each of the county’s precincts by hand. Related: Paper ballots verified election results, says Dominion CEO in Senate oversight hearingThe Antrim County audit was livestreamed for more than seven hours. “Today’s full audit in Antrim County confirmed the truth and affirmed the facts: Dominion’s voting machines accurately tabulated the votes cast for president in Antrim County,” Benson said in a Dec. 17 press release.mlive.com
Michigan Electors to be given police escort to Lansing Capitol Building for vote
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State House, Senate and Capitol buildings will be closed Monday as the Electoral College meets. RELATED: What’s in store when the Electoral College meets“The decision was not made because of anticipated protests, but was made based on credible threats of violence,” McCann said. That decision is made by the Capitol Commission.”Electors will be given police escorts Monday and one said she’s taking things further and will be wearing a bullet-proof vest. You can watch the Electoral College meeting here. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has targeted Detroit in recent weeks, despite there being no evidence of fraud in the city.
Michigan State House and Senate offices close Monday during Electoral College vote
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State House, Senate and Capitol buildings will be closed Monday as the Electoral College meets. According to Rep. Darrin Camilleri, the entire legislature will be working remotely due to safety concerns during the Electoral College vote. RELATED: What’s in store when the Electoral College meetsCamilleri said he was not briefed on the potential threats, but said when the offices have closed in the past, it was due to threats. You can watch the Electoral College meeting here. I call on the House Republicans who joined the recent court case to publicly apologize, renounce their actions and respect the will of the voters.
Michigan AG on lawsuit seeking to overturn election: ‘This is how democracies die’
Related: AG Barr: No evidence of voter fraud that’d change election outcome“This is how democracies die,” Nessel said Friday. “By virtue of these types of actions, which are unprecedented in American history.”Legal experts don’t believe the high court will hear the case. Despite that, four Michigan GOP congressmen have signed onto the case and 15 GOP state lawmakers. Nessel and the Attorney Generals of the other states have all filed briefs with the high court. Each member who signed their names on their respective briefs also won their own elections in 2020, which they are now asking to be invalidated.
Michigan AG responds to Texas lawsuit against state’s election process
Michigan’s election results faced another round of legal challenges in courts both big and small just four days before the Electoral College is slated to meet and finalize the 2020 election. In the U.S. Supreme Court, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to the state of Texas, which is suing Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia -- three other key states that voted in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Texas alleged that Michigan broke its own election laws to send absentee ballots to voters during a pandemic, and argued that the court should throw out millions of votes. More: Michigan AG: Texas AG Paxton’s election lawsuit is clear signal request for pardon by TrumpNessel said the claims in the lawsuit are “absurd” and already have been debunked in lower courts. The scheme has been floated and then called for by President Trump, his campaign and his legal team before and after the presidential election in an effort to overturn election results.
Michigan Bureau of Elections plans for ‘most comprehensive post-election audits in state history’
The Michigan Bureau of Elections has released preliminary plans for what it is calling “the most comprehensive post-election audits of any election in state history.”The audits will include a statewide risk-limiting audit, a complete zero-margin risk-limiting audit in Antrim County, and procedural audits in more than 200 jurisdictions statewide, including absentee ballot counting boards, according to the Bureau. Related: Few Michigan absentee ballots rejected amid record voter turnout in 2020 election“I am a longstanding proponent of post-election audits to review election procedure and affirm public confidence in our elections,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a news release Wednesday. “By conducting the most comprehensive set of audits in our state’s history, the Bureau of Elections and Michigan’s more than 1,600 local election clerks are demonstrating the integrity of our election.”The Bureau published the following list of precincts and absentee ballot counting boards that it says will undergo procedural audits conducted by either counties or the state:View here: Michigan 2020 General Election resultsRead: Fact-checking 5 claims about mail-in votingRead: Trump’s legal team cried vote fraud, but courts found none
Bureau Of Elections Plans Most Comprehensive Post-Election Audits In Michigan’s History
(CBS DETROIT) – The Michigan Bureau of Elections released preliminary plans for the most comprehensive post-election audits of any election in state history, including a statewide risk-limiting audit, a complete zero-margin risk-limiting audit in Antrim County, and procedural audits in more than 200 jurisdictions statewide, including absentee ballot counting boards. “I am a longstanding proponent of post-election audits to review election procedure and affirm public confidence in our elections,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “By conducting the most comprehensive set of audits in our state’s history, the Bureau of Elections and Michigan’s more than 1,600 local election clerks are demonstrating the integrity of our election.”To confirm the accuracy of ballot tabulation machines, the Bureau and clerks will conduct a long-planned statewide risk-limiting audit of the presidential election. A pilot statewide risk-limiting audit demonstrated the accuracy of the machines after the March 10, 2020 presidential primary. Additionally, a zero-margin risk-limiting audit of the presidential election will be conducted by the Bureau and county officials in Antrim County in December.detroit.cbslocal.com
Michigan judge OKs audit access to voting machines
Antrim County said in a news release the examination of the computer equipment would be conducted by ASOG. LANSING — President Donald Trump's legal team is examining and taking images from 22 vote tabulators in Antrim County Sunday morning after a judge issued an order later Friday, a Trump attorney said. 'A judge actually granted our team access … for us to conduct a forensic audit,' Trump attorney Jenna Ellis told Fox News on Sunday. The order made no mention of the Trump legal team being involved in the examination. It was not clear whether Ramsland would be part of the team examining the voting equipment Sunday.monroenews.com
November election was secure, Michigan county clerks tell state lawmakers
Amid ongoing legal challenges to Michigan’s election results and a dramatic certification process in Michigan’s largest county, three county clerks spent more than three hours working to assure state lawmakers that from their standpoint, the Nov. 3 election was secure. “I cannot express how very unfortunate it is that the human error has called into question the integrity of Antrim County’s election process,” she said. She also recommended giving county clerks the authority to remove dead people from the qualified voter file. None of the lawsuits challenging Michigan’s election process have won a court battle yet. At Thursday’s hearing, Rep. Cynthia Johnson, D-Detroit, questioned the point of the hearings when the statewide election results are clear.mlive.com
Michigan Secretary of State rebukes president’s claims on Twitter
DETROIT – President Donald Trump went after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Twitter again with another false claim. Trump falsely claimed hundreds of thousands of votes were invalid and claimed he won Michigan and Pennsylvania. READ: What we know about GOP challenge to Michigan’s election results“Nobody wants to report that Pennsylvania and Michigan didn’t allow our Poll Watchers and/or Vote Observers to Watch or Observe,” the president tweeted Wednesday. In Pennsylvania, a lawyer confirmed Trump’s observers were allowed when he told a judge there were a “non-zero number” of poll watchers. The Trump campaign is suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson along with the Wayne County and the Michigan Board of Canvassers, which are in charge of reviewing elections.
Clinton Township voting error caused by Macomb County clerk, city clerk says
CLINTON TOWNSHIP, Mich. – The city clerk in Clinton Township is blaming Macomb County for 10 voters who cast ballots this year but died before the election. Michigan state law is clear. In Clinton Township, it turns out 10 people who cast their ballots but died before the election had their votes counted because the deaths weren’t reported. According to the city clerk Kim Meltzer, she was sent death certificates for those voters on Nov. 6 -- three days after the election. Meltzer, who did not respond to requests for an interview, is quoted in reports blaming the Macomb County clerk’s office, who chose to use the postal service to notify her office instead of using email.
Trust Index: Fact-checking claims regarding Michigan’s 2020 election
Were poll watchers kicked out of counting rooms? Poll watchers being kicked out of counting rooms is not true. According to Detroit’s election commissioner, there were more than the legal limit of watchers inside the TCF Center from both Democratic and Republican parties. Claims made in a similar way were dismissed as hearsay by a state judge in a lawsuit last week. There are also claims about poll workers behaving badly like the ones made in an 11-minute video circulating online and being promoted by state Republicans.
Why is Antrim County’s vote count at 0%?
BELLAIRE, Mich. – As of 9 a.m. Thursday, Antrim County is the only county in Michigan that doesn’t have election results in. The county’s website has election results from its May election, the August and March primaries, and the November 2019 election. Between 1884 and 2016, Antrim County voters have selected Republican candidates in 32 of the 34 national elections. “The priority is to make sure every vote is counted correctly,” said Antrim County public information officer Jeremy Scott. The political reversal of Antrim County warrants a more thorough pair of eyes to see if there was a computer or human error in the count.
Six of seven suspects in governor kidnapping plot arraigned on state terrorism charges
What we know about the plan to kidnap Michigan Gov. Read more on MLive:Michigan men charged in kidnapping plot trained with guns, explosives, neighbors say$10 million bond set for Munith men arrested in plot to kidnap Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerMan accused in Whitmer kidnapping plot defended Confederate statue at June protestPlot to kidnap Gov. Gretchen Whitmer prompts renewed calls to ban guns in Michigan Capitol buildingNorthern Michigan town grapples with plot to kidnap Gov. Whitmer from local vacation homeTrump criticizes Whitmer after FBI foiled plot to kidnap Michigan governormlive.com
Northern Michigan Democrats hope Jill Biden visit ‘puts us on the map’
He personally supports Joe Biden, and believes a majority of Traverse City voters will ultimately vote for the Democratic ticket. Joining Jill Biden in Traverse City Tuesday was Chasten Buttigieg, a Traverse City native and husband of former Democratic primary candidate Pete Buttigieg. Generally speaking, Cobb said she’s glad to see the Biden campaign take an active interest in the region. Michigan voters have already begun to receive their absentee ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 election. Read more: Michigan voters start casting ballots in 2020 presidential electionThe Biden campaign has stepped up its events schedule in Michigan this month.mlive.com
Michigan lake known for turquoise water sees algae outbreak
CENTRAL LAKE, Mich. A northern Michigan lake thats famous for its turquoise waters is facing an outbreak of brown algae thats left its sandy bottom covered with mushy, squishy mats. Rick Welsh, a part-time lakeshore resident, said the brown algae was first noticed about a decade ago, but now the golden-brown algae grows in thick mats and sticks to the otherwise sugar-sand bottom of the lake in Antrim Countys Torch Lake, according to the Traverse City Record-Eagle. Its oozy, yucky and mucky, Welsh said. It easily comes up when disturbed.Welsh, a member for the Torch Lake Protection Alliance, said that there are investigations into the algae with results due in the fall. Officials with the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy, have said it appears to be a non-harmful form of algae.
Hillsdale man arrested after 8-hour police standoff in Northern Michigan
ANTRIM COUNTY, Mich. – A Hillsdale man has been arrested after an eight-hour standoff with police in Antrim County Thursday. According to report from WPBN, police received a complaint that a man, later identified as 42-year-old Kip Miller, was driving erratically in Emmet County and may have intentionally swerved into another vehicle. Investigators said four children were in the vehicle with Miller, who claimed that they were living out of his vehicle. A chase ensued through Emmet County into Antrim County. Miller is expected to face additional charges in Emmet County.
Our staff deserves better': Shorts Brewing Company in Bellaire has had enough of rude customers
BELLAIRE, Mich. Shorts Brewing Company in Bellaire said their employees have been mistreated and addressed the situation on Facebook. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has led to customers being upset at either having to wear a mask or upset with orders taking too long. The brewery said customers have sworn, yelled, laughed, threatened and name called employees. Were here to tell you that we stand with all of our staff and we will not tolerate this behavior at our pub. Were here to listen, but remember if you cant be kind then we cannot help you.
2 snowmobilers win key decision in lawsuit against Michigan DNR
CHESTONIA TOWNSHIP, Mich. Two snowmobilers have won a key decision in a lawsuit over injuries in an incident with officers from the Department of Natural Resources. Audrey West said she was thrown into a river in Antrim County while her father, Randy West, was pinned under the snowmobile. They said two Michigan DNR officers were on snowmobiles on the same road but in the wrong direction. But negligent operation of a motor vehicle typically is an exception to governmental immunity. The snowmobiles fit that exception because they could be expected to be operated on or along a road, the appeals court said in a 2-1 decision, affirming the opinion of the Court of Claims.
Michigan hunter gets 5 years in prison for accidental death of hunter
BELLAIRE, Mich. (AP) – A Michigan hunter convicted of killing another hunter on the first day of the 2018 deer season was sentenced Monday to at least five years in prison. David Barber of Gaylord was sentenced for involuntary manslaughter and a gun offense, about a month after a jury convicted him in Antrim County. Investigators said Barber believed he had shot a deer but instead struck Justin Beutel who was found slumped over a deer, 55 yards (50.2 meters) away. Beutel, 38, of Midland County had sent a photo of himself and his buck to family just before his death. Barber, 46, will be eligible for parole after five years in prison.