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State cracking down on election clerks who gave away tabulators

Lansing — Michigan clerks who handed over voting tabulators to aid investigations into unproven claims of fraud in the 2020 presidential election could lose their ability to administer future elections unless they confirm they’ve stopped allowing unauthorized access to equipment.

In Aug. 26 letters, Jonathan Brater, Michigan’s elections director, told Irving Township Clerk Sharon Olson, Roscommon County Clerk Michelle Stevenson and Lake Township Clerk Korinda Winkelmann to report five times from September through January on whether they’ve safeguarded their voting equipment.

“If you fail to provide these confirmations, you will be instructed to refrain from administering any elections in Irving Township and legal action will be taken as necessary to enforce this instruction,” Brater wrote to Olson. “Be advised that willfully failing to comply with a lawful order from the secretary of state is a misdemeanor.”

The letter to Olson became public this week because it was cited in a Monday court filing by Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf.

The Secretary of State’s office then confirmed similar directives were sent to Stevenson and Winkelmann. All three clerks were named in an Aug. 5 letter to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson about an investigation by Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office, which alleged a “conspiracy” had occurred to gain improper access to five voting tabulators in Michigan.

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