Lansing, Mich. (AP) — State Senate Republican Those who investigated Michigan’s 2020 presidential election for months concluded there was no widespread or systemic fraud and urged the state attorney general to consider investigating those who questioned the results in Antrim County. baseless allegations in order to raise money or publicity “for their own ends”.
The GOP-led State Senate Oversight Committee said in a 55-page report good Citizens should have confidence that the election results represent a “true result.” democrat Joe Biden defeated then president Donald Trump on the battlefield by about 155,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points.
Trump and his allies Dismissed conspiracy theories and pushed unfounded information About voter fraud
The panel wrote days after Republican activists, “the committee strongly recommends that citizens use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed false theories for their own personal gain.” Arizona-style “forensic” audit requested of election.
Three Republicans on the committee recommended the legislation to close “real weaknesses” in future elections. Election bills pending in the GOP-controlled legislature, including proposed stricter photo identification rules, include: Senate passed Last week and the House on Wednesday amended and ratified. But Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will veto them if they reach her table.
Election night results in rural Antrim County, northern Michigan, which has about 23,000 residents, initially mistakenly showed a local victory for Biden over Trump. But it was attributed to human error, not a problem with the machines, and it was corrected. a hand detail no signal came out of conspiracies.
“We will review the report thoroughly to determine whether a criminal investigation is appropriate,” said Lynsey Mucomel, a spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel, “about the investigation into individuals who lied about what happened in Antrim. About the call.
Those mentioned in the report include Mike Lindell, MyPillow creator-turned-conspiracy peddler; Attorney Matthew DePerno, who unsuccessfully tried to sue the county on behalf of a resident and former state Sen. Patrick Kolbeck. The report also criticized Texas-based Allied Security Operations Group, a company that worked with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to make baseless allegations of fraud and counting errors.
The report dismissed various allegations – that many dead people voted, that hundreds of thousands of unsolicited absentee ballots were sent to Michigan voters, that absentee ballots were counted multiple times, that thousands of fraudulent absentee ballots were fraudulently sent to Detroit’s counting centers. But after the “dumped” voting closes. Those ballots were deposited in drop boxes, in the mail, and at clerks’ offices throughout Election Day.
Republicans on the panel recommended that drop boxes should not be used or closed before 8 p.m. on election night so that the ballots contained in them would not be processed and tabulated long into the night. Democrats have said the move would strip some voters of the franchise.
“The Committee’s report goes into great detail … and I hope that the public is reassured by the safety and security that already exists, is motivated to support the reforms needed to improve it and is grateful to our fellow citizens who do the hard work of governing our election,” said Sen. Ed McBroom, a Vulcan Republican who chairs the panel. Other recommendations include uniform signature-verification standards, authorization of vote counting to begin before election day, and a prohibition of unwanted mailing of absentee ballot applications by the secretary of state.
Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, the only Democrat on the committee, noted that its two other members were among 11 GOP senators who called on Congress to investigate “credible” allegations of election misconduct on Jan. was. Prove Biden’s victory in the middle Deadly rebellion by Trump supporters in the capital.
“It is unfortunate that the Michigan Legislature participated in the circus, paraded witnesses who were not credible or who suppressed obvious lies to promote the falsehood that Michigan’s results were tainted,” he said. “But it is my fervent hope that as a legislative body, we can finally focus our energies on helping our residents, who need it after such a turbulent year for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic. most needed.”
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