Audit of Antrim County election votes confirms previously certified results

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Posted at 6:23 PM, Dec 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-17 19:04:18-05

(WXYZ) — State and local clerks conducted a hand audit of presidential election votes of Michigan's Antrim County on Thursday, and found that previously certified results were accurate.

The previously certified, machine tabulated results found that President Trump had 9,748 votes, with Joe Biden gathering 5,960. The preliminary, hand-tallied recount had nearly similar results, with counts only off by a very small margin. The audit found that President Trump had 9,759 votes – just 11 more than originally counted, while Biden had a tally of 5,959 votes, which is one less than the original count.

“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,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “It is time for the disinformation campaigns to stop, and for elected and other leaders on both sides of the aisle to unequivocally affirm that the election was secure and accurate.”

The count differences were in line with what's seen in a typical hand recount, the Michigan Secretary of State's office said in a release.

In January, the Bureau of Elections and local and county clerks will complete a statewide risk-limiting audit of the presidential election. A random sample of ballots will be drawn statewide. This is expected to affirm that ballot-counting machines were accurate across the state.