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Kalamazoo County participating in risk-limiting audit

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Posted at 5:40 PM, Jan 13, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-13 17:40:03-05

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Alongside other jurisdictions the City of Kalamazoo will participate in a state-wide risk-limiting audit of the election results from November.

Risk-limiting audits confirm the accuracy of election results via hand counts of randomly selected ballots with the reported results from tabulation machines. Over 18,000 ballots are expected to be reviewed according to Kalamazoo County.

“Dedicated people and robust processes ensure that elections in Kalamazoo County and the State of Michigan are always conducted fairly, securely, and with integrity,” explained Scott Borling, Kalamazoo City Clerk. “This audit will further affirm the results of the 2020 general election and should reinforce public trust in in our elections.”

The Kalamazoo County Jurisdictions will convene on Thursday, Jan. 14 at 9 a.m. at Kalamzoo County Fairgrounds. Local clerks will review the random samples, tally the results for the office of President of the United States, and transmit the results to state election officials.

“The City of Kalamazoo has participated in risk-limiting audits every year since 2018 and in every case the accuracy of our elections has been confirmed,” explained City Clerk Borling. “We understand how important it is for voters to have confidence in our electoral process, and we welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the integrity of elections in Kalamazoo.”

The process will be open to the public; however, space will be limited to follow COVID-19 restrictions. Additionally, the audit will be streamed live in addition to being broadcasted on PMN channel 190. After the completion of the audit, Michigan’s Department of State will announce the results.