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Michigan begins audit of November election

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Michigan has begun a statewide audit of the November election.

Jonathan Brater is director of the state's Bureau of Elections.

He oversaw the first step of the audit on a livestreamed event that was attended by several Republican and Democratic clerks.

“We're going to compare about 18,000 ballots that we randomly pull to the machine tabulated totals to confirm in a statistical level of certainty that the outcome of the election was correct.”

The audit was planned by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson before President Donald Trump and other Republicans made unsubstantiated claims of widespread fraud.

The statewide audit is in addition to more than 200 audits conducted by local clerks of both parties. 

Judges dismissed lawsuits filed to challenge the results for lack of evidence or lack of standing.

Local clerks from both parties also acknowledge the election was fair and accurate.