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Michigan Senate GOP investigation: No systemic fraud in the election

In a 55-page report published Wednesday, the GOP-led state Senate Oversight Committee stated that voters should feel confident that the election result represents "true results." Democrat Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by approximately 155,000 votes or 2.8 percentage points in the battleground state.

Trump and his associates have promoted debunked conspiracy theories, unfounded information concerning voter fraud.

The committee wrote that it strongly recommended citizens keep a critical eye on those who push demonstrably false theories for personal gain. This was days after Republican activists sought an Arizona-style "forensic audit" of the election.

Three Republicans from the committee recommended legislation to close "real vulnerabilities" in future election. There are still pending election-related bills, including proposals for tougher photo ID rules that were passed last Wednesday by the Senate. However, Democratic Gov. If they reach her desk, Gretchen Whitmer would veto them.

The initial results of the election night in northern Michigan's Antrim County showed that Trump had won. This county has approximately 23,000 people. It was later ruled out to be human error and not a problem with the machines. An hand recount showed no evidence of shenanigans.

Lynsey Mukmel, spokeswoman of Attorney General Dana Nessel, stated that they will examine the entire report to determine whether a criminal investigation would be appropriate.

The report mentions Mike Lindell, MyPillow's creator and conspiracy peddler, Matthew DePerno, a lawyer who sued the county for the benefit of a resident, as well ex-State Senator Patrick Colbeck. The report also criticized Texas's Allied Security Operations Group. This company was accused of conspiring with Rudy Giuliani, Trump's attorney, to make baseless claims about fraud and counting mistakes.

The report discredited several allegations, including that there were many people who died voting, that unsolicited absentee votes were sent to hundreds of thousands of Michigan voters, and that absentee votes were repeated multiple times. It also stated that Detroit's counting centre had "dumped" tens of thousands fraudulent absentee vote ballots after the polls closed. These ballots were submitted in various forms throughout Election Day, including in drop boxes and in the mail.

Republicans on the panel recommended that drop boxes be not used or closed earlier than 8 p.m. Election Day to ensure that processing and tabulating ballots won't take too long. Democrats claim that such a move would be detrimental to some voters.

"The committee's reports go into considerable detail... I hope that the public is reassured and motivated by the security and protections in place, and motivated to support reforms to make them better, and to be grateful for our fellow citizens, who do the hardwork of conducting our elections," stated Sen. Ed McBroom (a Vulcan Republican) who chairs the panel.

Senator Jeff Irwin, a lone Democrat, pointed out that the two members of the committee were among 11 GOP senators who requested Congress to investigate "credible” allegations of election misconduct Jan. 4, two days prior to it meeting to certify Biden’s victory amid the deadly rebellion by Trump supporters at Capitol.

He said, "It was unfortunate that the Michigan Legislature participated at the circus, parading witness who were not credible or who made obvious falsehoods to promote the lie about Michigan's results being tainted." "But, it is my sincere hope that we, the legislative body, can now focus our energies on getting help to our residents who most need it after such a turbulent year for many because of the COVID-19 epidemic."

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