Michigan county chooses to count ballots by hand in May vote

BELLAIRE, me. – A northern Michigan county sued over the fall election count will be hand-counting paper votes in the May 4 primary.

Antrim County’s officials turned down a county clerk’s request for $ 5,080 to prepare the Dominion voting machines for the upcoming election, the Traverse City Record-Eagle reported.

The commissioners instead said that the ballot papers would be counted by hand, although election officer Sheryl Guy said it could be illegal.

“The state said we can’t. But let them tell us that in our circumstances we cannot, ”said Commissioner Ed Boettcher.

The county is still involved in a lawsuit with a resident who accused officials of fraud in the fall elections.

Initial results in Republican County showed a local win for Joe Biden over Donald Trump. But it was attributed to human error, not voting machine issues, and corrected. One judge was still taking the extraordinary step of allowing forensic images from Dominion voting machines.

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Guy had suggested hiring a contractor to install new hard drives on machines before the May 4th election.

New machines in the nine constituencies holding an election would cost about $ 55,000.

“If we do a one-off (hand-count) election in May … it will cost us money – it will certainly cost us less than $ 55,000 – and hopefully the lawsuit will be played out by then,” Boettcher said.

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