Michigan State Police seizes voting machine as it expands investigation into potential breaches tied to 2020 election

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(CNN)The Michigan State Police has expanded its probe into whether 3rd parties gained unauthorized entree to voting instrumentality information aft the 2020 election, and is present examining imaginable breaches successful astatine slightest 1 caller county, CNN has learned.

In a raid past Friday, authorities constabulary seized 1 voting instrumentality tabulator successful Irving Township, Barry County Clerk Pamela Palmer told CNN connected Thursday.

Palmer told CNN that she was not alert of immoderate issues until constabulary notified her of the voting instrumentality seizure.

    Michigan State Police archetypal opened its investigation into imaginable voting instrumentality breaches successful February aft the Secretary of State's Office notified it that an unnamed 3rd enactment was allowed to entree ballot tabulator components and exertion successful Roscommon County.

      Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson archetypal  notified authorities   constabulary  successful  February of a imaginable   breach of voting instrumentality  tied to the 2020 election.

      Michigan State Police Lt. Derrick Carroll told CNN connected Wednesday that the department's probe has expanded to much counties wherever they were notified of breaches of predetermination systems, but would not corroborate the seizure successful Irving Township specifically. It's unclear if the probe includes localities beyond Roscommon County and Irving Township but a root acquainted with the probe told CNN that authorities constabulary are alert of a 3rd imaginable breach.

      "If we find much examples of unauthorized access, we speech to those officials to find retired what transpired," Carroll added.

      These imaginable breaches did not impact results successful the 2020 election, Carroll said, noting the breaches occurred aft the predetermination was complete.

        A spokesperson for the Michigan lawyer general's bureau declined to comment.

        The probe successful Michigan reflects a increasing fig of incidents astir the state wherever unauthorized radical attempted to summation entree to voting systems that were cardinal targets successful the Donald Trump campaign's efforts to overturn the 2020 predetermination outcome.

        They succeeded successful astatine slightest 1 lawsuit successful precocious November 2020, erstwhile a squad of pro-Trump operatives traveled to Antrim County, Michigan, and conducted an audit of voting systems there, according to tribunal documents released arsenic portion of a failed suit filed by attorneys moving connected behalf of the erstwhile President astatine the time.

        That entree led to a now-debunked report issued by a squad of analysts from a Texas-based company, Allied Security Operations Group, alleging irregularities successful Dominion Voting Systems that was consistently cited arsenic grounds successful aggregate failed ineligible challenges successful Michigan and different plaything states.

          Dominion has filed several lawsuits implicit mendacious predetermination claims made astir its equipment, including against Fox News.

          The House Select Committee investigating January 6 has made wide that third-party efforts to summation entree to voting information successful Michigan and crossed the state stay a cardinal country of absorption successful its probe.

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