Dear Michigan Voter,
If you’re seeking election integrity, this is your opportunity to tell our legislators that they must do their duties and order a full, forensic audit of Antrim and Wayne counties. This four-question petition will take just two minutes of your time and will send a powerful message to the Michigan Legislature. Here’s the link: Online Petition for a Forensic Audit.
As you may be aware, a recent rural Antrim County case argued “material fraud or error” had taken place in the 2020 election. A forensic audit was needed to determine the truth. Sadly, a Michigan judge dismissed the case, saying our legislature had given the responsibility for an audit to the Secretary of State. But no one is permitted to audit themselves, and that is what occurred.
As attorney Matthew DePerno said, “Apparently the SOS can conduct the audit in any way she determines even if she is actively part of the fraud.”
The fox must not be allowed to guard the henhouse. Residents of this great state must take action. Thankfully, our state’s constitution was crafted to allow the people the right to petition their government to stop injustice.
In signing this informal petition, you will be telling our representatives and senators that you are with them, that they are not alone, and that you demand immediate action to restore integrity to Michigan elections.
This petition is not asking to redo the election or change the election results. It is demanding our leaders establish confidence that the 2020 election was conducted fairly. Until Michigan residents are assured of the results of our elections, the fabric of our republic is at stake.
A whopping 70% of Detroit’s absentee voting precincts at the TCF Center were out of balance due to unexplained and suspicious discrepancies (See Clara Hendrickson, “Contrary to complaints…,” Detroit Free Press, 23 Nov. 2020.) As a result, the SOS could not include them in her audit. How absurd is that? This is not election integrity, nor does it instill confidence in the election process.
Below is a working definition of a forensic audit. Also enclosed are relevant excerpts from the Michigan Constitution related to the role of government, the power of the people, and our absolute right to have this audit.
Act now. Show your support for a comprehensive forensic audit of Antrim County and Wayne counties primarily, and other counties as necessary. Your petition will be delivered to the leadership of the Michigan Legislature.
Thank you for your time in completing this online petition and for your continued prayers for our republic.
|Patrice Johnson, Chair, Pure Integrity for Michigan Elections||Matt Braynard, Executive Director, Look Ahead America||Katherine Schmidt, President, and Libby Ranshaw, Eaton County Republican Women’s Alliance|
Michigan Constitution of 1963, effective January 1, 1964
Preamble. We, the people of the State of Michigan, grateful to Almighty God for the blessings of freedom, and earnestly desiring to secure these blessings undiminished to ourselves and our posterity, do ordain and establish this constitution.
ARTICLE I Declaration of Rights
§ 1 Political power.
Sec. 1. All political power is inherent in the people. Government is instituted for their equal benefit, security and protection.
§ 3 Assembly, consultation, instruction, petition.
Sec. 3. The people have the right peaceably to assemble, to consult for the common good, to instruct their representatives and to petition the government for redress of grievances.
ARTICLE II Elections
§ 4 Place and manner of elections.
Sec. 4. (1) Every citizen of the United States who is an elector qualified to vote in Michigan shall have the following rights:
(a) The right, once registered, to vote a secret ballot in all elections.
(h) The right to have the results of statewide elections audited, in such a manner as prescribed by law, to ensure the accuracy and integrity of elections. All rights set forth in this subsection shall be self-executing. This subsection shall be liberally construed in favor of voters’ rights in order to effectuate its purposes. Nothing contained in this subsection shall prevent the legislature from expanding voters’ rights beyond what is provided herein. This subsection and any portion hereof shall be severable. If any portion of this subsection is held invalid or unenforceable as to any person or circumstance, that invalidity or unenforceability shall not affect the validity, enforceability, or application of any other portion of this subsection.
FORENSIC AUDIT DEFINED
FORENSIC AUDIT SYSTEM, to include but not limited to:
· Source code tests
· Malicious software and hardware tests
· Network and internet connectivity tests
· Accuracy tests
FORENSIC AUDIT PAPER, to include but not limited to:
- A hand recount of all the paper ballots in the two counties, or more counties as needed
- Examining voting machines to determine if there was any error and reviewing voter information for potential fraud.
- Inspecting ballots for watermarks, fibers, folds, machine marks, and other aspects of gauging a ballot’s authenticity.
- Combination of phone calls and physical canvassing to collect information of whether the individual voted in the election.
- Includes a hand recount and tabulation, notwithstanding if it cannot be recounted.
FORENSIC AUDIT BEST PRACTICES
No governing body or professional association has yet adopted a definitive set of best practices for election audits. However, in 2007 a group of election-integrity organizations, including the Verified Voting Foundation, Common Cause, and the Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law collaborated with the American Statistical Association to produce a set of recommended best practices for post-election results audits:
- Transparency: The public must be allowed to observe, verify, and point out procedural mistakes in all phases of the audit. This requires that audit procedures and standards be adopted, in written form, and made available before the election.
- Independence: While the actual work of post-election audits may be best performed by the officials who conduct the elections, the authority and regulation of post-election audits should be independent of officials who conduct the elections.
- Paper Records: Vote-counting in the audit should be performed with hand-to-eye counts of voter-marked, voter-verified paper ballots.
- Ballot Accounting (chain of custody, or internal control): The records used in the audit must be verified to be true and complete records of the election.
- Confirmation of the correct winners: The audits must reach statistical confidence that the computer-tabulated results identified the correct winners.
- Addressing Discrepancies: When discrepancies are found, investigation is conducted to determine cause of the discrepancies.
- Comprehensive: The ballot-sample selection process includes all jurisdictions and all ballot types (e.g., absentee, mail-in and accepted provisional ballots).
- Additional Targeted Samples: The audit includes a limited non-random sample selected on the basis of factors useful for building voter confidence or improving election management, such as Election-Day problems or preliminary results that deviate significantly from historical voting patterns.
- Binding on Official Results: Post-election audits must be completed before election results are declared official and final, and must either verify or correct the outcome.
Source: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Election_audit, 2007.
AUDIT GENERAL INFORMATION
An election audit is any review conducted after polls close for the purpose of determining whether the votes were counted accurately (a results audit) or whether proper procedures were followed (a process audit), or both.
Both results and process audits can be performed between elections for purposes of quality management, but if results audits are to be used to protect the official election results from undetected fraud and error, they must be completed before election results are declared final.
Election recounts are a specific type of audit, with elements of both results and process audits.
MICHIGAN AUDIT DEFINED
An “audit” is defined by the Michigan Department of State Bureau of Elections, Post-Election Audit Manual, January 2020, an independent examination and “thorough review of pre-election and election day documents to determine if procedures were properly followed according to state law and established procedures” including all of the following:
- A full review conducted after polls close for the purpose of determining whether the votes were counted accurately (a results audit)
- A full review conducted after polls close for the purpose of determining whether proper procedures were followed (a process audit).
- “Election notices, election inspector appointments and training, ePollbook security, test deck procedures, military and overseas voter applications, and a review of the Pollbook and ballot containers used on election day will be the primary focus of the audit. In addition, an audit of the results of up to three contests in a General election and one contest in other elections on the ballot in each precinct will be conducted.” Id. at 3.
- Determine is the proper number of notices were published in a local newspaper prior to an upcoming election. The newspaper should supply an Affidavit of Publication to the publisher to confirm publication. Id. At 4.
- Review that all requirements of the Michigan Election Code were satisfied, including but not limited to: MCL 168.489(3); MCL 168.653a; MCL 168.798(1); MCL 168.674; 168.653a; MCL 168.677; MCL 168.68. Id. At 4-5.
- “A vital component to a successful election is the conduct of the preliminary and public Logic and Accuracy Testing prior to the election.” Id. at 6.
- Ensure that the proper Tabulator Program Testing and Security Certification forms are complete and match the seal and serial numbers listed in the corresponding precinct’s Preparation Certificate portion of the Pollbook
- Ensure that the Michigan Secretary of State has complied with MCL 168.797c and holds all source code for voting machines in trust. Pursuant to the Michigan Security Advisory Commission, the Michigan Secretary of State shall perform source code security audits or penetration testing on a frequent and regular basis (at a minimum annually).
- Ensure that all jurisdictions and governmental agencies in the State of Michigan have complied with 52 US 20701 and have retained and preserved all voting records for 22 months.
- “Review the Voter Assist Terminal Preparation Checklist and Test Certification Form and verify it was properly completed.” Id. at 7.
- “Review the Applications to Vote. Physically count the Applications to Vote and determine if there is the same number of Applications to Vote as voters in the Pollbook.” Id. at 8.
- “If auditing an election with a state or federal office, review the absent voter information posting required to be posted before and on election day.” Id.
- “Verify the completion of a Receiving Board checklist on election day.” Id.
- “Finally, review the remaining components of the Pollbook.” Id.
- “Review the Clerk’s Preparation Certificate.” Id. at 9.
- “Ensure all checkboxes are completed in the Election Inspectors’ Preparation Certificate and that the inspectors signed.” Id.
- “Ensure all inspectors (including the chairperson) subscribed to the Constitutional Oath of Office.” Id.
- “Ensure the oath administrator signed in the appropriate location(s).” Id.
- “Compare the signatures of the election inspectors with the Election Commission appointments to ensure all that signed the oath were appointed.” Id.
- “If applicable, ensure the write-in portion of the Pollbook was completed. Votes should be properly totaled after the tally marks.” Id.
- “Ensure the tabulator tape/statement of votes (should be affixed to the Statement of Votes signature page in the back of Pollbook) was signed by all election inspectors.” Id.
- “Ensure the number of ballots tabulated on the totals tape matches the number of voters listed in the Pollbook.” Id. This includes, but is not limited to, a complete examination and review of all paper ballots and all electronic reporting procedures and components to ensure that the proper votes were captured by the electronic voting machines and properly transferred to the county and state, without foreign interference.
- “Ensure the Ballot Summary (found in the Pollbook) is completed, balanced, and totals are accurate. The Difference should always be zero. If there is a valid discrepancy, was it remarked? If so, check the Remark box.” Id.
- “Review the Provisional Ballot Forms with the Pollbook to ensure the number issued matches the number in the Ballot Summary.” Id. at 11.
- “Determine based on the information provided on the form if the Envelope ballot was appropriately processed by the election inspector and/or the local Clerk.” Id.
- “Ensure a master card is available for each voter issued an Affidavit or Envelope ballot verifying the voter was registered to vote after the election. Finally, if an envelope ballot was counted, verify it was sealed in an approved ballot container.” Id.
- Does the number of spoiled ballots in the Spoiled Ballot Envelope equal the number of spoiled ballots listed in the Pollbook?” Id. at 12. In fact, on December 17, 2020, we saw that the number of spoiled ballots did not match the ballots in the envelope.