Attempted Sale of Voting Materials in Northern Michigan Under Investigation
Voter assistance terminals typically help voters with disabilities mark their ballots at polling stations. They are not used to tally votes, according to the secretary of state’s office.
“While our elections remain safe and secure, we take all violations of election law seriously and will work with the appropriate authorities to ensure there are consequences for those who break the law,” Benson said in a statement. .
The equipment in question came from the township of Colfax, a small town north of Cadillac, township clerk Becky Stoddard in Bridge Michigan confirmed Thursday.
Stoddard said the equipment is rarely used and does not contain election data. According to his recollections, the township did not use the equipment in 2020.
“That’s the main thing I want to emphasize. There is no data on that,” she said.
Stoddard directed additional inquiries to Michigan State Police.
Michigan State Police Seventh District Public Information Officer Lt. Derrick Carroll confirmed law enforcement was investigating the missing equipment, but declined to provide further details.
According Cadillac News, the voter assistance terminal disappeared some time after the local government turned over voting materials to the county in March for updates. His absence was noticed before the August primary.
News of the County Wexford investigation comes amid ongoing investigations into efforts by supporters of former President Donald Trump to gain access to local election materials.
Nine people, including Republican nominee for Attorney General Matthew DePerno, fellow attorney Stefanie Lambert Juntilla and state Rep. Daire Rendon, R-Lake City, were referred to a special prosecutor by Attorney General Dana Nessel following of an investigation into the unauthorized tampering of a vote tabulator in three jurisdictions, including the Township of Irving.
Nessel’s office says DePerno and others involved “gained unauthorized access and compromised tabs,” a potential crime. DePerno denied doing anything illegal and suggested the investigation was politically motivated.