A county in northern Michigan requested the state government to conduct an audit of its 2020 election results.
The GOP-controlled Cheboygan County Board of Commissioners voted 4-3 on Tuesday to send a letter requesting a recount and review of whether an “unauthorized computer” manipulated the tallies, according to the Detroit News.
The letter will be sent to Jonathan Brater, the state elections director named to the job in 2019 by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. A representative for Benson told the Washington Examiner that once her office will review the letter when it’s received, and the state will “respond to the commission directly.”
Benson, a Democrat, has repeatedly defended the integrity of the 2020 election in Michigan against claims of widespread fraud perpetuated by former President Donald Trump and his allies. She has also criticized calls for audits that have multiplied in recent weeks, stemming from a controversial review in Maricopa County, Arizona, commissioned by the Republican-led state Senate.
Last month, Benson sent letters to the clerks in Cheboygan and Antrim counties, the latter being the location of one of the last 2020 election fraud lawsuits, saying they had “no authority” to order audits and warned them against providing access to unaccredited outside parties, according to the Washington Post.
Dominion Voting Systems also sent a letter to all Michigan counties that use its equipment, warning audits by unaccredited actors could void licensing agreements and render the equipment “unqualified for official use.”
Cheboygan is a small county at the top of the lower peninsula in Michigan with roughly 25,000 residents. Trump won 64% of the vote in the county in November. President Joe Biden won the state and its 16 electoral votes by more than 154,000 votes, or about 3 percentage points.
More than 250 countywide audits confirmed the accuracy of the certified results, Benson announced in March. Election lawsuits in Michigan and other states across the country have largely been rejected by the courts.