SOS: State site results delay not an indication of fraud

Posted at 10:41 PM, Nov 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-04 22:59:46-05

LANSING, Mich. — As results are reported, the Secretary of State says they are the last site to check for up-to-date results.

Viewers have been asking FOX 17 to look into the state site's reporting as results are tabulated. As of 9:30 p.m. Wednesday, President Trump was in the lead 51.44% to 46.99% over Joe Biden, though the former Vice President was named the presumptive winner of the state.

Spokesperson for the Michigan Secretary of State calls the difference a delay.

"We only update the website when counties report their complete counts to us—even after counting is finished in individual counties (thereby giving results) there are still administrative and procedural things they need to do before the transmission happens, so sometimes it takes some time." Tracy Wimmer, Director of Media Relations for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told us. "This delay is no way indicative of fraud or cause for concern."

Though county and local results are reported more directly through their own websites and local news, ballot counts are certified after the final counts have been made by a group of bi-partisan canvassers.