Michigan Election Equipment and Communications Subpoenaed by Oversight Committees
MI irregularities prompt deeper investigation by oversight panel
Michigan's state Senate and House oversight committees have subpoenaed equipment and communications from the ballot count of the presidential election after serious irregularities have allegedly emerged, according to reports.
The state’s legislation bodies granted MI's oversight committees subpoena powers on Tuesday.
The move allows state officials greater range to investigate allegations of irregularities in the 2020 election.
“I’ve maintained that it is vitally important as we go forward in Michigan to ensure our election procedures are transparent, efficient, and trustworthy when people go to the polls,” state House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Matt Hall said in a statement.
"This stance isn’t a partisan one," Hall, a Republican, added.
"It’s something we all should strive for.”
The resolution passed by both the House and Senate, with one Senate Democrat reportedly crossing party lines, allowed subpoenas to be issued to Susan Nash, the Livonia city clerk, and Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey.
The subpoenas are for all “information and communications” relating to the November 3 election, according to Fox News.
The counties are being asked to hand over all information used by the Absentee Voter Counting Board, hard drives, all communication between poll workers, the list of workers hired to be adjudicators, scanners, and voting machines, according to the subpoenas obtained by Just The News.
The request comes just two weeks after the House and Senate Oversight Committees held hearings to listen to first-hand witnesses who alleged election and voter fraud.
Though none of the witnesses were under oath at the time, most of their accounts had been previously made in sworn affidavits.
"The House and Senate Oversight Committees have heard testimony and claims about this election,” Hall said in a Tuesday statement.
"We’ve also heard from officials who have responded to those claims.
"These additional measures will allow us to look at the evidence and confirm the truth.
"That evidence lies within records, documents, and communications from local officials who oversaw election processes in communities where irregularities have been reported.”
Hall told Fox News prior to the Dec. 2 hearings, that the intention of the Oversight Committees was not to overturn the election’s results, in which Joe Biden appeared to beat President Trump by 154,188 votes in the Great Lake State.
The House committee chairman said they will instead review the election to understand what the state can do, amid the constant allegations by the Trump campaign of a fraudulent election, to restore faith in the election process for future elections.
In the state of Michigan, the winner of the state’s 16 Electoral College votes is the winner of the popular vote.
The state’s Board of Canvassers certified the election results on Nov. 23, allowing the Electoral College to cast their vote for Biden on Monday.
“Surveillance footage, hard drives, and other storage materials such as USB drives can deliver us additional information that will help us see how these elections functioned and where they can operate more efficiently,” Hall said.
“This information can help complete our picture as we work to provide people throughout our state with clarity and answers they deserve – so they can have an elections system that they trust going forward,” he concluded.