Adams Township Clerk Removed from Election Responsibilities
The Michigan Bureau of Elections has ordered Adams Township Clerk Stephanie Scott to immediately stop administering elections in Adams Township, including next week’s election.
This comes after the clerk failed to comply with legal requirements needed to ensure the safety and security of upcoming elections.
Officials say Hillsdale County Clerk Marney Kast’s office will supervise elections in Adams Township until further notice.
“The voters of Adams Township expect, deserve, and have a right to have their election carried out in accordance with all state and federal laws,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson. “I am confident that the Hillsdale County Clerk’s office will administer the election in a manner that ensures that it is legal, transparent, and secure.”
Officials say Scott did not allow preventative maintenance on voting equipment, which is necessary to ensure tabulators and voter assist terminals used by voters with disabilities are functioning properly on Election Day.
They also say Scott stated that she was unwilling to complete required certifications of Public Accuracy Testing of voting machines, which confirms vote counting machines are accurate and is done transparently with public viewing allowed to affirm faith in their performance.
Officials say Scott stated she may try to conduct future elections without the certified voting equipment selected by Hillsdale County. Furthermore, officials say after multiple letters from the Bureau of Elections, Scott refused to confirm that she would fulfill her legal requirements.