Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Michigan Association of County Clerks supports Antrim County

The Michigan Association of County Clerks (MACC) is calling for citizens and activists to accept the November 2020 election results in Michigan, including Antrim County, as proper.

Kristen Millard

According to a statement issued on Monday, the MACC recognizes that neither Antrim County Clerk Sheryl Guy nor her office did anything to purposefully generate incorrect results initially reported for the Nov. 3, 2020, presidential election. Democratic and Republican members of MACC affirm that the issue was the result of an innocent human error, not the equipment, causing the election night results to be temporarily reported incorrectly.

The Antrim County results were certified by that county’s Board of Canvassers on Nov. 8 and by the State Board of Canvassers on Nov. 23. The State Bureau of Elections conducted a countywide hand count of the presidential contest on Dec. 17. The audit provided strong, empirical evidence that there were no significant errors in Antrim County’s final reported presidential results, according to the MACC statement.

Montcalm County Clerk Kristen Millard, the immediate past president of the MACC, is among Michigan county clerks speaking up in support of Antrim County.

“I cannot emphasize enough that results reported by local and county clerks on election night are ‘unofficial’ until canvassed by the Board of Canvassers,” Millard told the Daily News. “Michigan election law is very stringent regarding our checks and balance to ensure that the official results released following the canvass are correct and free from human reporting errors. Clerk Guy caught the reporting error quickly and corrected the problem. The official results reported by Antrim County were proven to be accurate through two canvasses and a county-wide hand recount, ruling out any type of fraud.”

The MACC statement also contained supporting comments from St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald and Muskegon County Clerk Nancy Waters.

“In the end, the system worked in Antrim County. Clerk Guy caught the mistake and corrected it,” Oswald said.

“Because of the many checks and balances we have in place, mistakes like the one in Antrim County are caught and fixed,” Waters said. “MACC echoes the findings of the Michigan State Senate Oversight Committee which, after months of testimony and research, found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud occurred during the November 2020 election.”

The MACC is an organization with membership in 82 of Michigan’s 83 counties and boasts a combined 660 years of experience administering Michigan elections.

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