Michigan Legislature oversight committees to look into integrity of the election

"Everyone should strive for patience and work to see that the truth is revealed"
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(WWJ) A bi-partisan state legislative committee will investigate the process of ballot counting in Michigan, as allegations fly about fraud.

Republican State Senator Ed McBroom announced Friday that he's scheduled a joint hearing of the Senate and House Oversight committees to look into the integrity of the 2020 General Election.

McBroom said they will seek to determine if there were, in fact, any improprieties.

“The ongoing turmoil surrounding the recent general election underscores my fervent desire, and our state’s need, for a fair and honest result." McBroom said, in statement.

“I believe everyone should strive for patience and work to see that the truth is revealed, and that is exactly what I intend to do as chair of the Senate Oversight Committee. We will investigate the elections process and seek to determine whether improprieties exist. We must avoid spreading rumors or making pronouncements without having all the facts," he added. “Pouring gas on every potential fear and spreading doubt about the integrity of the system is not the answer, nor is ignoring troubling reports and dismissing out of hand anecdotal evidence that problems may exist.

McBroom continued: “We all can point fingers, but simply tearing down our foundations and eroding public trust is exceptionally dangerous. We can, at the same time, seek reforms while working the system we have to resolve any potential issues. That means remaining calm, fair and open so we can help ensure a secure and transparent elections process, and that is what the committees intend to do.”

Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, a Republican, stressed that every vote needs to be counted, regardless of who cast it or who they voted for.

“America’s democracy is sacred, and safe and secure elections are how we protect it," Chatfield added, in a statement Friday. "That is why the House and Senate oversight committees will begin hearings soon looking into the voting and counting process in our state to give everyone confidence in the results and to make sure the next election runs much more smoothly. The people of Michigan deserve peace of mind, and we are going to provide it.”

At a news conference earlier in the day, Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel said the party intends to investigate all allegations of ballot backdating and alleged harassment of election observers in her home state.

While she did not offer any concrete examples of alleged election fraud in Michigan or elsewhere, she said, "We will not give up on this process until every last issue has been resolved."

Attorney General Dana Nessel's Office has thus far dismissed allegations of irregulates in ballot counting in Wayne County.

“Michigan’s elections have been conducted transparently, with access provided for both political parties and the public, and using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately," the AG said in a statement.

So far, two lawsuits by Trump backers that sought to halt vote counting or delay certifying the election in Michigan had been thrown out

As to alleged ballot backdating, Chris Thomas, Senior Elections Advisor to the City of Detroit for the 2020 General Election, said there was a "clerical error" in which a satellite employee failed enter the date when receiving a ballot. A staffer was later instructed to enter the date stamped on the envelope, which is not backdating.

Thomas said nothing improper took place, and no voters were disenfranchised by the error, which was corrected.