The public is invited to observe the procedures for auditing the Washtenaw County November elections


WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI – The Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office invites the public to observe their participation in a statewide audit Thursday to confirm the accuracy of the November 2020 general election.

Risk-limiting audits are used throughout Michigan to confirm the accuracy of ballot tabulation machines by comparing the results of manual counting of randomly selected paper ballots to previously printed results from the machines.

The public is invited to observe the January 14 audit, conducted by the Michigan Bureau of Elections in partnership with county, city and township clerks, this event, via a live broadcast on the Washtenaw County Government . Youtube channel.

In-person observation is also available, according to county officials. Due to the limited capacity of crowds under emergency public health orders, those interested in observing in-person audit procedures are encouraged to register in advance, here.

The Michigan Secretary of State, along with county and local election officials, started a statewide risk mitigation audit of the general elections of November 2020 on Monday, January 11. More than 18,000 ballots statewide are collected in more than half of the state’s electoral jurisdictions, where clerks have two weeks to collect these ballots and review them, officials said.

During audits, election officials are tasked with finding individual ballots inside ballot boxes to count votes only for the office of the US president, according to election officials.

In Washtenaw County, the audit of local ballots takes place over two weeks, and the results are expected to be released after Jan. 22, county officials said.

The Washtenaw County Clerk’s Office will convene the audit teams from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, January 14 at the Washtenaw Middle School District Teaching and Learning Center, 1819 South Wagner Road.

During Thursday’s public event, audit teams will collect and count randomly selected ballots from several towns and townships in Washtenaw County that have chosen to participate, including the Town of Ypsilanti, the Town of Chelsea, the city of Milan, the township of Dexter and the township of Scio, officials said.

The 26 towns and townships of Washtenaw County were randomly selected to participate in the statewide risk mitigation audit. Those who do not attend the public event on Jan. 14 will collect and count the ballots at their respective clerks’ offices before Jan. 22, officials said.

The Michigan State Department will announce the results of the comparison between the randomly selected ballots and the statewide machine-calculated presidential race totals once the process is complete in each county.

The final count of the presidential election after the Democratic and Republican solicitors spent days going through county election records was 157,136 to 56,241, with President-elect Joe Biden winning six votes against the unofficial results initially announced Thursday, November 5.

The tally for President Donald Trump has remained the same.

More information about the event can be obtained by contacting the city and township clerks directly.


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