Fact Check: Michigan Has NOT Authorized A Full Forensic Audit Of The 2020 Presidential Election

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  • by: Dana Ford
Fact Check: Michigan Has NOT Authorized A Full Forensic Audit Of The 2020 Presidential Election No New Audit

Did Michigan authorize a full forensic audit of the 2020 presidential election? No, that's not true: No new audits are planned, a spokeswoman for the Michigan secretary of state told Lead Stories on May 11, 2021. Since the election, more than 250 audits have been completed, reflecting the largest number of audits ever conducted in Michigan's history.

The claim appeared in a tweet (archived here) posted by "Dino Veletanlic" on May 10, 2021. It read:

BREAKING: Michigan has authorized a full forensic audit of the 2020 Presidential Election

This is what the post looked like on Twitter at the time of writing:

Twitter screenshot

(Source: Twitter screenshot taken on Tue May 11 15:19:12 2021 UTC)

The tweet did not include any evidence or source to support its claim, which was refuted by Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for the Michigan secretary of state. In an email to Lead Stories, dated May 11, 2021, Wimmer wrote:

No idea what this rumor thinks it is referring to, but no new audits are planned. We conducted more than 250 around the state and those were completed months ago.

On March, 2, 2021, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson released a statement on the 250 post-election audits. She said:

Over the last several months, the state Bureau of Elections has worked with local clerks to conduct more audits than ever before in our state's history, and each has reaffirmed the accuracy, security and integrity of the November 2020 election.

You can read the full statement from the secretary of state here.

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  Dana Ford

Dana Ford is an Atlanta-based reporter and editor. She previously worked as a senior editor at Atlanta Magazine Custom Media and as a writer/ editor for CNN Digital. Ford has more than a decade of news experience, including several years spent working in Latin America.

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