Republicans who falsified MI elec college vote under scrutiny from Congress, AG

Source: MLive | January 13, 2022 | Malachi Barrett

Republicans who falsified Michigan electoral college vote under scrutiny from Congress, Attorney General

Falsified documents claiming Michigan’s electors voted for former President Donald Trump were given by state election officials to a congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot.

Sixteen Republicans, including the current co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party, signed certificates asserting they were Michigan’s presidential electors and sent the illegitimate documents to the National Archive. The unofficial documents were part of a failed Republican strategy to overturn President Joe Biden’s victory in battleground states, which is under new scrutiny from a U.S. House panel and the Michigan Attorney General’s office.

Each political party nominates its own slate of electors, but only electors representing the candidate who wins the popular vote can participate in the Electoral College. President Joe Biden won the election in Michigan by 154,000 votes and Michigan’s 16 Electoral College votes were officially recorded for Biden on Dec. 14, 2021, in accordance with state law.

On the same day, Republican nominees gathered at the Michigan Republican Party headquarters in Lansing to sign the unofficial documents. The documents also falsely claimed Republican nominees signed the certificates in the Michigan Capitol.

A group of Republican lawmakers tried to escort their nominees into the state Capitol to deliver the documents. They were denied entry by the Michigan State Police.

Three days earlier, the U.S. Supreme Court dismissed a lawsuit backed by 15 state lawmakers and 4 members of Congress seeking to invalidate Michigan’s election results.

A dozen Republicans also signed a separate legal brief arguing Michigan’s electoral votes should not be counted until the state Legislature certifies the results. Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers had already certified the election results as required by the state Constitution.

Trump pressured former Vice President Mike Pence to install Republican electors or reject Democratic electors from swing states Biden won in response to unproven fraud allegations. Pence declined, arguing he had no legal basis to intervene in the Electoral College result.

Documents provided to MLive by the Michigan Department of State show a representative of the National Archive notified Michigan Bureau of Elections Director Jonathan Brater and the governor’s chief legal counsel about the “unofficial certificates” on Jan. 8, 2021. The email stated the Republican votes were invalid because they lacked the governor’s signature.

The email, and a copy of the unofficial documents, were sent to the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol. The committee was formed in June 2021 to look into election interference and organizing efforts that led to the violent riot.

MDOS also sent the committee an email from the North Oakland Republican Club encouraging poll challengers to visit Detroit’s absentee ballot processing center on Nov. 4, 2020. “Do not let Criminals steal our country” was included in the email’s subject line.

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Republicans who did try to cast votes for Trump include Michigan Republican Party Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock, MIGOP Grassroots Vice-Chair Marian Sheridan, Republican National Committeewoman Kathy Berden, Shelby Township Clerk Stanely Grot, District 2 Republican Party Chair Kent Vanderwood, Rose Rook, Mayra Rodriguez, Hank Choate, Mari-Ann Henry, John Haggard, Clifford Frost, Timothy King and Amy Facchinello.

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