An investigation led by Republicans in the Michigan State Senate Oversight Committee that was released on Wednesday found no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election, adding further refute to former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that it was stolen from him.
“This Committee found no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud in Michigan’s prosecution of the 2020 election. However, we cannot and should not overlook severe weaknesses in our elections system. Whether it is lack of clarity in the tabulation of ballots, unnecessary barriers to ensuring that every lawfully cast ballot is counted, inconsistent poll worker or challenger training, or simply a system not primarily designed to handle ballots cast absentee or otherwise prior to Election Day, it is the opinion of this Committee that the Legislature has a duty to make statutory improvements to our elections system,” the 55-page report states in its introduction.
“This Committee exhausted every resource available to it to thoroughly and faithfully examine our elections process in Michigan and drill down on claims and testimony specific to the 2020 election. However,” it continues, “this investigation should not be considered exhaustive. Remaining conscientious of the limitations of this Committee, every possible investigative avenue was not undertaken. Nevertheless, this Committee stands steadfastly behind the recommendation that our current elections system requires change in order to meet the future challenges presented by modern voting preferences, behaviors, and threats. There are clear weaknesses in our elections system that require legislative remedy.”
The report goes on to label Trump’s numerous and ongoing claims that the election was rife with fraud as “ludicrous” and included language aimed at reassuring concerned voters that their ballots were both safe and properly tabulated.
“There is no evidence presented at this time to prove either significant acts of fraud or that an organized, wide-scale effort to commit fraudulent activity was perpetrated in order to subvert the will of Michigan voters,” the Oversight Committee wrote its report. “Citizens should be confident the results represent the true results of the ballots cast by the people of Michigan.”
GOP State Senator Ed McBroom, one of the report’s four Republican sponsors, blasted Trump and his supporters for perpetuating demonstrably false conspiracy theories.
“If you are profiting by making false claims, that’s pretty much the definition of fraud,” McBroom said.
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