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Benson – State Election Audits to Proceed

A performance audit of Michigan’s November 3rd election will proceed as planned.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson confirmed yesterday that the review will begin once the State Board of Canvassers certifies the election results. Officials do not have legal access to the documentation needed for the audit until after the certification is completed.

Benson said the statewide audit is not required by law, but has been planned for months. A pilot audit program was run after Michigan’s March presidential primary. It’s designed to make sure the election process remains trustworthy and secure.

Local performance audits will also take place following final certification. 

Benson emphasized that these audits are routine, and are not the result of any allegations of impropriety. 

Actual evidence of fraud or wrongdoing should be submitted in writing to the Bureau of Elections. Credible allegations will be referred to the Attorney General’s office for further investigation.

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