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Michigan judge orders release of forensic report that examined Dominion ballot machines in Antrim County

A Michigan judge has ordered a report to be released following a forensic examination of Dominion Voting Systems machines that were used in Antrim County after state and county officials withdrew their objections, noting that the attorney for the plaintiff, Matthew DePerno, had already released his version of the findings.

Judge Kevin Elsenheimer of the 13th Circuit Court ordered the “forensic imaging” of machines and their vote tabulators, as well as related software, earlier this month after county resident William Bailey filed a lawsuit that questioned the integrity of the equipment.

The suit cited a number of errors regarding how Antrim County officials first reported its unofficial results from the Nov. 3 election, the Detroit Free Press reported.

Antrim County, which is a GOP stronghold, initially showed Democrat Joe Biden beating President Donald Trump in early unofficial results. County election officials subsequently announced that about 6,000 votes were wrongly tabulated for Biden after blaming the error on a Republican clerk’s programming mistake, not on the Dominion machines. The clerk, Sheryl Guy, has claimed responsibility.

Elsenheimer ordered the machines used by the county to be forensically examined after that, but his order wasn’t tied to the Trump-Biden mistake. Rather, he issued his order in response to a proposal to allow for a marijuana dispensary in the village of Central Lake.

Shortly after Elsenheimer’s early December order, Allied Security Operations Group of Dallas, which has been working with the Trump campaign’s legal team, began inspecting the machines at county offices.

Due to concerns about election security and proprietary information, the judge issued a protective order over the findings, “restricting use, distribution or manipulation of the forensic images and/or other information gleaned” without his prior approval, the Detroit Free Press noted.

Elsenheimer said the report, which was signed by Russell Ramsland of ASOG, can be released after redacting some references to software coding. The paper said that he’s a cybersecurity analyst and a former GOP congressional candidate who signed an inaccurate affidavit in one court case while having given flawed analyses of voter turnout during the Nov. 3 election.

Still, the machines’ tabulations in the dispensary case are being challenged because DePerno alleges Dominion Voting Systems “committed material fraud or error in this election so that the outcome of the election was affected.”

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“This is an issue of national security,” DePerno said. “Our voting system is defined as ‘national critical infrastructure.’”

DePerno’s client, William Bailey, asserts in his lawsuit, which was initially filed Nov. 23, that three ballots were damaged during Antrim County’s recount, which resulted in the proposal passing by a single vote instead of being defeated by a tie.

In a separate report, the Detroit Free Press noted that DePerno had contacted state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R) and pressed him to have the state legislature approve a set of Republican electors instead of Democrat electors for Biden “based on what we think we have found” in Antrim County.

The Electoral College is meeting Monday to cast their assigned ballots, which are expected to go to Biden.

Officials with Dominion have repeatedly pushed back on claims that their voting machines are compromised or otherwise programmed to alter ballots.

Jon Dougherty

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