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LWVDDH News, December 9, 2020
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Misinformation Campaign Concerning Antrim County Expected to Continue
Voters Urged To Be Wary of False Claims

On Sunday, individuals with no apparent technical expertise in election technology were permitted to gather images of Dominion voting equipment in Antrim County. While the information they gathered is subject to a Court-issued Protective Order, the Michigan Department of State warns voters to be wary of the claims that the group may make in coming days. Members of the group have previously made false statements, shared fake documents and made baseless claims about the election that have been widely debunked and rejected in multiple courts.
“It is disappointing, though not surprising, that the primary goal of this group is to continue spreading false information designed to erode the public’s confident in the election. By doing so they injure our democracy and dishonor the 5.5. million Michigan citizens who cast ballots,” said Michigan Department of State spokesperson Jake Rollow. “As Attorney General William Barr, the FBI and CISA have found that this was the most secure election in our nation’s history and despite unprecedented scrutiny there has been no evidence of widespread fraud identified whatsoever.”
If any candidate truly thought that the Dominion machines failed to correctly count ballots, they could and should have requested a hand-recount of ballots. No recounts of state elections were requested in Antrim County.
The Antrim County unofficial reporting error has already been thoroughly explained and did not impact tabulation. It was prompted by the Clerk not updating media drives in some of the machines in Antrim County, an accidental human error. Reporting errors are common, and always caught and corrected in the county canvass, if not before, as was the case in Antrim County. More information is available on the MDOS Fact Check webpage, Michigan.gov/SOSFactCheck.
To further safeguard public confidence, the Bureau of Elections will be working with clerks to conduct an audit of all ballots in Antrim County. While there is no evidence the tabulators malfunctioned in any way, the audit of all ballots cast in the Presidential election will confirm all machines counted ballots properly and will disprove the ongoing disinformation campaign attempting to undermine confidence in the election.
The Bureau of Elections and clerks will also conduct a statewide risk-limiting audit that will confirm tabulators across the state functioned properly. A statewide pilot risk-limiting audit demonstrated the accuracy of the machines following the March 10, 2020, presidential primary. Procedural audits of precincts and absent voter counting boards will also be conducted in more than 200 jurisdictions. A preliminary list of the jurisdictions will be released this week.
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December 8, 2020, Secretary of State
November 17th LWV Meeting Available to View
On November 17, the LWVDDH offered a virtual presentation by Dr. Lisa Jackson who is chair of the Ann Arbor Independent Community Police Oversight Commission. The recording is available on our website at www.lwvddh.org or directly at https://youtu.be/MOZXY-wUEro.
Danielle Elzayat was named to the Crestwood Schools Board of Education during a special meeting Nov, 18. She is the Wayne County Dept. of Homeland Security & Emergency Management chief of staff and Amity Foundation co-founder with her husband. Ms. Elzayat was selected from three candidates to fill the vacancy left by former President Donna Ancinec who died Oct. 25. Ms. Elzayat's term will serve through 12/31/22. (From Times Herald)
The Southern Wayne County Regional Chamber Legislative Forum MI Congressional District 12 Annual Address, with Congresswoman Debbie Dingell, will take place on Monday, January 25, at 11:00 am. The presentation can be viewed via Facebook at www.Facebook.com/SWCRC at that time.
Please have a safe and joyful holiday season.
Be careful so we can all be together next year.
Election Results Fair and Accurate, MI Patch Reader Survey Says , Patch, 11/14/2020
Why Culture Matters Most / David C. Rose, 2018.

"In this thought-provoking book, David C. Rose argues that societal success depends on overcoming the challenge posed by rational self-interest undermining the common good. General prosperity requires large group cooperation, which requires trust, and yet as societies grow larger it becomes more difficult to sustain a high trust society. Culture uniquely addresses this problem by aligning individual interests with the common good, thereby addressing the empathy problem and the greater good rationalization problem. Culturally transmitted moral beliefs can sustain large group trust are akin to commonly owned asset by members of society and like any commons are subject to problems of abuse and neglect."
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