Michigan State Police Expand Investigation into Post-2020 Voting Systems Violations

May 6 (Reuters) – Michigan State Police seized the vote tabulator in a small town an hour west of Lansing as an investigation into unauthorized access to election materials expands to new areas of the state, officials said Friday.

State police raided Irving City Hall in Barry County on April 29 and took possession of its ballot processing tabulator, the county clerk and supervisor said. of the township to Reuters, confirming earlier media reports.

The raid shows state police have expanded their investigation into potential breaches of voting hardware and data in at least one more county, following the state’s disclosure of an investigation into County Roscommon in February.

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“As we uncovered more information, we expanded our area to see if other locations were compromised,” Michigan State Police Lt. Derrick Carroll said, declining to comment. specifically comment on Irving. “We went to other areas.”

Irving Township Supervisor Jamie Knight said state police and Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office seized the town tabulator “under a search warrant” last Friday.

“The township intends to fully cooperate with law enforcement, and township attorneys have been in contact with Michigan State Police regarding this matter,” Knight said in an emailed statement. , declining further comment.

The seizure adds to the tally of potential voting material violations. Last week, Reuters reported eight known attempts to gain unauthorized access to voting systems in five U.S. states since the 2020 election, all involving local Republican lawmakers or party activists who promoted the government’s false claims. President Donald Trump on voter fraud or rigging conspiracy theories. voting machines.

Michigan’s investigation was launched at the request of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who revealed in February that an unauthorized party had “allegedly gained inappropriate access to tabulation machines and data readers used in the township of Richfield and County Roscommon” without providing details.

Richfield Township officials declined to comment.

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Reporting by Nathan Layne in Wilton, Connecticut; Editing by Andrea Ricci

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