Michigan police execute warrant looking for missing election equipment

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Oct 29, 2021 | CYBERSCOOP

The Michigan State Police launched a criminal investigation this week after a piece of election equipment went missing.

The inquiry comes after a local official—who has publicly questioned the validity and security of the 2020 election—had refused to allow a company vendor to run maintenance on the machine. Adams Township Clerk Stephanie Scott had been stripped of her election administration authority on Monday for failing to confirm that she would follow state law in certifying that public accuracy testing had been completed.

A spokesperson for the Michigan State Police told CyberScoop Friday that the agency executed a search warrant in the rural community as part of an investigation requested by the Secretary of State, but declined to offer any additional information.

Neither Scott nor a spokesperson for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson responded to requests for comment.

This is the second example in recent months of election officials taking extreme measures with respect to voting equipment as part of what some worry is the growing insider threat of rogue election officials. In May, a Colorado clerk allowed an unauthorized employee to access and make a digital copy of the hard

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