Michigan Attorney General candidate among group being investigated for election tampering

A possible conflict in the case was identified and the Department of Attorney General has concluded its involvement in the investigation.
Published: Aug. 8, 2022 at 5:37 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Republican Attorney General candidate Matt DePerno is among those being investigated for tampering with election equipment.

The Detroit News reports nine people, including DePerno and Barry County Sheriff Dar Leaf, conspired to convince local clerks to hand over the equipment after the 2020 election.

The Detroit News says Attorney General Dana Nessel is asking the Michigan Prosecuting Attorneys Coordinating Council to appoint a special prosecutor since she will likely face DePerno in the November election.

Monday, the Attorney General’s office confirmed petition has been submitted.

In February, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent a request to the Attorney General and the Michigan State Police to investigate third-party access to vote tabulators, components, and technology within Lake City Township, Irving Township, Richfield Township, and Roscommon County.

A possible conflict in the case was found and the Department of Attorney General has since concluded its involvement in the investigation.

Overview notes from the investigation were sent to Secretary Benson and say that “…after the 2020 election, a group of individuals gained unauthorized access and compromised tabulators from the following clerk’s offices: the Roscommon County Clerk, the Richfield Township Clerk, the Lake City Township Clerk, and the Irving Township Clerk. All unauthorized access occurred between the dates of March 11, 2021, and late June of 2021. All impacted tabulators have been seized as evidence as part of our investigation and decommissioned from use in any future elections.”

The overview also states the Department of Attorney General does, “…not believe these actions impair the integrity of the recent August 2nd primary election.”

DePerno’s campaign responded to the allegations over the weekend. Campaign manager Tyson Shepard posted a statement on Twitter, seen below, saying in part:

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