Republican senators from Michigan are calling for a full audit of the state’s presidential election results following allegations of errors and voter fraud during the vote count.
In a letter to local Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Sens. Tom Barrett and Lana Theis argue that several errors and fraud call Michigan’s election process into question and urge Benson to delay certification of the results.
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“Every citizen deserves to have faith in the integrity of the election process and its outcome,” says the letter dated Nov. 13.
“It is our responsibility, as elected public servants, to assure the people of Michigan of the process’s integrity through complete transparency and the faithful investigation of any allegations of wrongdoing, fraud, or abuse,” the senators wrote.
The letter from Barrett and Theis was released 72 hours after President Trump’s campaign filed a federal lawsuit in Michigan. They intend to prevent the secretary of state from certifying election results until allegations of irregularities, incompetence, and illegal vote counting can be investigated and all ballots confirmed.
The senators stressed, “Unfortunately, some serious allegations have been made which cannot and should not be ignored.”
First, they mentioned a 6,000-vote error in the Antrim County election results.
However, they pointed out that Antrim is only one of the 47 counties in Michigan that used the Dominion Voting Systems software to process its votes.
“This is particularly concerning when at least one other secretary of state, specifically in Texas, refused to certify Dominion Voting Systems for use because the examiner could not verify that the system was ‘safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation,” the senators added.
In that context, they point to a series of allegations that “election officials critically mishandled numerous ballots.” They cited that ineligible ballots were counted, ballots were illegally delayed to make them eligible, and ballots were duplicated unlawfully.
Third, they pointed out that there are allegations that unsecured ballots arrived at the TCF Center, the place where the votes were counted, outside the sealed ballot boxes and without envelopes.
The senators said that 40,000 ballots taken from “out-of-state” vehicles were all “for one candidate.”
Finally, they cited allegations of intimidation and illegal and official interference with election candidates and legal election observers.
The allegations, the letter noted, are supported by affidavits from more than 100 Michigan citizens.
“These claims deserve our full attention and diligent investigation to ensure fairness and transparency in our election process,” the Republican senators pointed out.
“Due directly to these issues, we are requesting a full audit be conducted of the 2020 General Election prior to the certification of any results,” they said.