Michigan completes audit of 2020 election, re-affirming Biden's win

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Posted at 11:59 AM, Feb 12, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-12 11:59:50-05

(WXYZ) — A statewide audit of Michigan's 2020 election results affirmed that Michigan's vote-counting machines are accurate and that President Joe Biden won the Nov. 3 election, according to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

According to the state, hundreds of Republican, Democratic and nonpartisan clerks from 1,300 jurisdictions in the state took part in the auditing exercise, hand-counting more than 18,000 ballots randomly selected.

In that hand count, Biden received more votes and the percentage was within fractions of a percentage point from the machine-tabulated totals.

In Macomb, Oakland and Wayne counties, which all use a different voting machine vendor, all results were within one percentage point of the November results, but a random sample was not expected to exactly match the percentages of votes out of all 5.5 million ballots.

The breakdown by state and the three counties is below.

State: Biden won 50% while Donald Turmp got 48%
Wayne County: Using Dominion machines, Biden got 68% while Trump got 31%
Oakland County: Using Hart machines, Biden got 57% while Trump got 41%
Macomb County: ES&S machines, Biden got 44% while Trump got 54%

“This statewide audit process affirms what election officials on both sides of the aisle have said since November – that Michigan’s election was conducted securely and fairly, and the results accurately reflect the will of the voters. I congratulate our election clerks for carrying out the most successful election in our state’s history, and thank them for affirming the integrity of our elections by participating in this process,” Benson said in a release. “The work of elected leaders now is to tell voters the truth and move forward with nonpartisan election policy to advance the will of Michigan voters, who have demonstrated clearly and unequivocally that they want our elections to continue to be secure, strong and accessible.”