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Richfield Twp. Residents Speak Out About Investigation Into Possible Unauthorized Access to Voting Equipment

The Michigan Attorney General’s Office is taking a hard look at what went on with voting equipment in Richfield Township in Roscommon County.

The investigation and its possible outcome came up Tuesday night at a meeting of the Richfield Township board.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson asked Attorney General Dana Nessel and Michigan State Police to investigate possible unauthorized access to voting equipment after receiving reports the week of Feb. 6 that an unnamed third party allegedly gained unauthorized access to tabulation machines and data drives used in Richfield Township and Roscommon County.

9&10 News reached out to the Roscommon County Clerk Tuesday. She has no comment at this time because it is an open investigation.

During the Richfield Township board meeting, the Township Supervisor said he had no comment.

Pending the investigation, the Secretary of State says voting equipment might be replaced at taxpayers’ expense.

Some taxpayers did speak up about the investigation during the public comment portion of the board meeting.

“We live in this community. We are voters. We should know what is going on,” said Kim Westrick.

“I would just like to say whatever this investigation shows, if it shows there was an issue and voting machines have to be purchased, taxpayers don’t pay for that because none of us did it,” said Lori Derpilibosian. “I’m not pointing fingers at anybody, but money needs to be found without adding money to our tax bill.”

Michigan state law restricts access to voting equipment to qualified personnel. It’s a felony to obtain unauthorized possession of a voting machine.