Michigan County Makes Decision on Use of Dominion Voting Systems in Upcoming Primary: Any Guesses?

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Dominion Voting Systems machines were at the heart of the contentious battle over 2020 presidential election vote-counting —  along with a myriad of other disputable issues — and now those same vote-tabulating machines are back in the news, along with a county in Michigan that encountered controversy over its presidential election vote-counting.

Antrim County commissioners have voted unanimously to hand-count the votes of its upcoming May 4 primary, as reported by The Blaze. The commissioners rejected a proposal from county clerk Sheryl Guy requesting $5,080 to hire consultants to prepare the Dominion machines for the primary election, stating a Dec. 6 forensic examination had rendered them unfit for use.

Commissioners are concerned that reprogramming the machines and then using them in the primary would violate a judge’s order. The machines could be evidence in an ongoing lawsuit; reprogramming them could delete data relevant to the case. Said Guy:

“We are left with equipment not ‘certified for use’ as required by the Secretary of State.”

Given that it’s almost April, one wonders why this wasn’t previously figured out.

Commissioner Terry VanAlstine explained the predicament.

 “If we use them, we have to delete them, which is contradictory to a court order. We can’t delete the data that’s on the machines. If you use the current machines, they need to be swiped, they need to be cleared. And we can’t do that.”

Voting equipment must be tested by April 29 in order to be ready for the primary election.

As reported by the Traverse City Record-Eagle,

[Guy’s] plan to hire Alabama-based consulting firm Pro V & V to remove and secure the hard drives, replace them with new hard drives, and share contractual information with 13th Circuit Court Judge Kevin Elsenheimer, who is presiding over the case, was met with skepticism and open hostility by some officials and many residents.

So what about vote manipulation?

During the public comment portion of the Commission’s meeting, resident Dale Eschenburg suggested that people who want to “create a bias and favor certain candidate” are going to do so regardless of the system in place to tally the votes.

In other words, cheaters gonna cheat.

“If humans want to create a bias and favor certain candidates, they certainly have that ability with any of these machines. Dominion has no credibility in my view.

“Did you direct your staff to delete those images, or were you asked to do so by Dominion or our executive branch?

“At the end of the day we had integrity in our election, but it was after four tries to get the numbers right.”

So Antrim County was left with three options. Ask the court for permission to use the current machines, spend approximately $150,000 on new voting machines, or hand-count the upcoming primary votes. The county chose the latter.

Guy told the Record-Eagle that Dominion Voting Sytems machine weren’t the cause of the controversy over the county mistakenly switching Trump votes to Biden votes, but was instead the fault of her office, for an “incomplete software update that mistakenly assigned about 2,000 votes cast for then-President Donald Trump, to then-Democratic presidential challenger Joe Biden.” Via U.S. News & World Report:

Two thousand?

Only off 4,000 votes, no big deal.

Guy further explained:

“Initial results in the Republican county showed a local victory for Joe Biden over Donald Trump. But it was attributed to human error, not any problems with voting machines, and corrected. A judge still took the extraordinary step of allowing forensic images of Dominion election equipment.”

Michigan Republican Sen. Ed McBroom seconded Guy’s comments.

“These errors were quickly discovered and rectified by the protective systems our state has built in to verify and protect election integrity and were further verified when a hand count was completed.”

So there it stands. Antrim County, Michigan, will hand-count its May primary ballots vs. tabulating them on Dominion Voting Systems machines. And so another “round” begins?

No doubt this will be declared by those who have been wont to declare such things that the county commissioners’ decision is irrefutable admission that the machines were to blame in November. I do not know the absolute answer, More importantly, neither does anyone else outside of Antrim County — although a hand-count of votes originally tabulated by Dominion machines produced the same final tally.

Meanwhile, an addled old man sits in the Oval Office, hellbent on doing the bidding of the radical left. And he’s off to a hell of a start.