There continues to be fallout from the 2020 election and the post-election efforts by some to find evidence of alleged election fraud.
Michigan State Police just seized a voting machine from a township in western Michigan following allegations that it had been accessed by an unauthorized third party, the Washington Examiner reported.
The seizure appears to be linked to a broader investigation of alleged unauthorized access by third parties to voting machines in the wake of the 2020 election that was launched earlier in the year by Democratic Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
The vote tabulation machine seized
Local NBC affiliate WOOD-TV reported Monday that, according to Lt. Derrick Carrol of MSP’s 7th District, all indications are that the Irving Township vote tabulator was improperly accessed by a third party in December after all votes in the 2020 election and the alleged breach had no impact on the final results of that election.
Though the State Police declined to confirm whether the Irving Township seizure was part of the investigation launched by the Secretary of State’s office, it did acknowledge that it was investigating multiple townships and counties in conjunction with the broader probe.
Nor did local officials or the Michigan Attorney General’s Office provide on-the-record comments linking the seizure to the probe, but n unnamed source did tell the outlet that the April 29 raid was part of that investigation.
Benson launched the probe in February
CNN reported Thursday that Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer confirmed that one vote tabulation machine from Irving Township had been seized by the Michigan State Police in the aforementioned raid, though she claimed to have been unaware of any issues before the seizure taking place.
Though again, no officials would provide open confirmation, it does look like this is linked to the investigation launched in February by Sec. Benson into allegations of unauthorized access to voting machines by third parties, which stemmed from allegations involving voting machines in Roscommon County.
“Protecting the integrity and security of our elections, especially from those who use lies and misinformation to deceive Michigan voters, is a critical component of defending democracy in this moment,” Benson said in a statement at that time.
“Michigan law is clear about the security threats that emerge when anyone gains unauthorized access to our election machines or technology, and I will have no tolerance for those who seek to illegally tamper with our voting equipment,” she added.
The investigation could expand further
CNN also spoke to Lt. Carroll of the MSP about the Irving Township seizure and while he was as elusive with that news outlet as he was with the local affiliate, he did say concerning the potential for additional alleged breaches, “If we find more examples of unauthorized access, we talk to those officials to find out what transpired.”
If it does turn out that the allegations were true and unauthorized third parties gained access to the voting machines after the election was complete, those machines will be rendered suspect and no longer useable and will have to be replaced at taxpayer expense, the Examiner noted.