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Voter assistance terminals typically help voters with disabilities mark their ballots at polling stations. According to the Secretary of State’s office, they are not used to tabulate votes.

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“While our elections remain safe and secure, we take all violations of the election law seriously and will work with appropriate authorities to ensure there are consequences for those who break the law,” Benson said in a statement.

The equipment in question came from Colfax Township, a small community north of Cadillac, Township Clerk Becky Stoddard confirmed Thursday to Bridge Michigan.

Stoddard said the equipment is rarely used and does not contain election data. As she recalls, the municipality did not use the equipment in 2020.

“That’s the most important thing I want to emphasize. There’s no data on that,” she said.

Stoddard referred further investigations to the Michigan State Police.

Lt. Michigan State Police Seventh District public information officer Derrick Carroll confirmed that law enforcement is investigating the missing device, but declined to give further details.

Corresponding The Cadillac News, the voter support terminal was lost sometime after the local government turned voting equipment over to the county for updates in March. His absence was noted ahead of the August primary.

News of the Wexford County probe comes amid ongoing probes into efforts by supporters of former President Donald Trump to gain access to local voting equipment.

Nine people, including Republican attorney general nominee Matthew DePerno, fellow attorney Stefanie Lambert Juntilla and State Assemblyman Daire Rendon, R-Lake City, have been referred to a special prosecutor by Attorney General Dana Nessel following an investigation into unauthorized ballot tampering in jurisdictions, including Irving Township.

Nessel’s office alleges that DePerno and others involved “obtained unauthorized access and compromised tabs,” a potential crime. DePerno has denied doing anything illegal and suspects the investigation was politically motivated.

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