LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has announced she is taking action to make sure elections in the state are fair and free.
Nessel is taking a stand after false allegations and charges were brought upon residents in the state after the recent general election.
“These actions highlight my office’s commitment to pursuing, investigating and charging, when necessary, election fraud, spreading misinformation to purposefully interfere with our election and ballot-counting processes is criminal behavior that will not be tolerated,” said Nessel. “Michigan has multiple layers of review throughout our election process that make it very difficult for a bad actor to commit fraud, which is why it so seldom occurs.”
The Attorney General’s Office issued five cease and desist letter to groups on both sides of the states’ political aisle. Big League Politics was notified for posting deceptive and misleading information, including a video of Detroit poll workers that’s audio was heavily edited and taken out of context. The video, that has since been removed from YouTube, insinuated the poll workers were being trained to commit illegal actions while counting ballots.
In Canton, Paul Parana was charged for allegedly forging his daughter’s signature on an absentee ballot, a five-year felony, and submitting her ballot to the Canton Township Clerk’s Office.
Residents Jack Burkman and Jacob Wohl bound over to Wayne County Court for reportedly orchestrating robocalls to Detroit voters deterring them from participating in voting absentee during the election.
Southfield Clerk, Sherikia Hawkins, was also charged with six felonies for fraudulently modifying the Qualified Voter File following the 2018 General Election.
A Marquette man was investigated for lying and posting on social media that he submitted 300 ballots by posing as past tenants of his current property through absentee ballots. The Marquette Police did not find substantial evidence of his claim and the man admitted to lying in his post to, “stir people up.”
“These are important examples of our commitment to review, investigate and prosecute – if appropriate – any allegation of election fraud,” said Nessel. “By working with our partners in law enforcement and government at all levels, we will ensure the integrity of our elections is protected and the results accurately reflect the will of the people.”
President Donald Trump has filed election-related litigation against the state and some public Michigan public officials. One case is pending after Judge Cynthia Stephens denied the case motion and an application for appeal was denied due to the lack of required documentation and evidence requested to move forward in an appeal.
The other two cases are still open, and the Attorney General’s office will respond to those cases in court.
Debunked voter fraud claims can be found on the Secretary of State’s website. People can also report misinformation by emailing the Secretary of State.
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