Michigan Police Investigating Illegal Sale of Voting Machine
In Michigan, authorities are investigating an incident wherein a stolen voting machine was listed for sale online.
The Cadillac News reported that Wexford County Clerk Alaina Nyman had confirmed that a voting machine had gone missing and resurfaced in an online auction.
Goodwill Industries had placed the Dominion voting machine for sale in an online auction after it was dropped off at a Goodwill thrift store in Cadillac, Michigan. An Ohio-based Uber driver won the auction with a bid of $7.99.
According to reports, the Ohio resident sold the voting machine for more than $1,000 to an election expert in Connecticut. At that point, Michigan officials were informed of the machine’s whereabouts.
“We are actively working with law enforcement to investigate allegations of an illegal attempt to sell a voter assist terminal acquired in Michigan,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement. “Voter assist terminals are not used to tabulate ballots, but are typically used by voters with disabilities who need assistance marking their ballot privately at polling places.”
“While our elections remain secure and safe, we take seriously all violations of election law and will be working with relevant authorities to ensure there are consequences for those who break the law,” Benson said.
Michigan law prohibits citizens from withholding, breaking, or destroying voting equipment or obtaining “undue possession” of a voting machine.