The following statement was issued today by the Republican Party in Michigan:
LANSING, Mich., December 4, 2020 – While the Michigan Republican Party joined bipartisan calls for a full audit of the November 2020 election results, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is pushing for the mass deletion of election data.
In a memo to County Clerks earlier this week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told clerks to delete Electronic Poll Book Software and associated files, despite multiple calls for an audit of the election – including a bipartisan request from the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. According to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, this data should not be deleted if, “a post-election audit is planned but has not yet been completed,”.
“Secretary Benson’s move to request the deletion of election data amidst bipartisan calls for an audit is just another example of her putting partisan politics over what’s best for Michigan.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “With election irregularities rampant across the state, it is vital that we have this audit before any election data is deleted. Secretary Benson’s move to delete this data before an audit raises a serious question, what are the Democrats hiding?”
Is this true? Is Secretary Of State Benson proactively trying to delete any means of checking the vote totals in Michigan?
Here, so we are told (I can’t find the full memo online yet), is the offending paragraph:
“The electronic pollbook software and associated files must be deleted from all devices by the seventh calendar day following the final canvass and certification of the election (November 30, 2020) unless a petition for recount has been filed and the recount has not been completed, a post-election audit is planned but has not yet been completed, or the deletion of the data has been stayed by an order of the court or the Secretary of State.”
As you can see, the order conveniently leaves out the fact that, although an audit has not been “planned”, it is being demanded, and no final determination has been made.
Would it be fair to say that intentionally removing any ability to perform that audit has an unmistakable stench to it? What possible reason would this be done other than to insure that no review of the voting can take place?
What is the rush? Does the cost of deleting these files double if they aren’t removed by a week after November 30th? How many have already been deleted?
I’ll provide more on this if it becomes available.