Republican lawmakers in Michigan released a report Wednesday concluding there was no widespread fraud in the state’s November election, debunking many speculations, but they pointedly warned that the mailing of unsolicited absentee ballot applications creates “a clear vulnerability for fraud that may be undetected.”
“The serious, potential outcomes of these vulnerabilities versus the minor effort to request an application make a strong and compelling necessity to not provide such applications without a request from a voter – as was standard practice until this past year,” the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee concluded. “Therefore, the committee recommends the Michigan secretary of state discontinue the practice of mailing out unsolicited applications.”
The committee also recommended that the state strengthen voter ID requirements, not weaken them like Democrats in Congress have proposed, as the practice of absentee or not-in-person voting grows.
“Requiring a voter to confirm their identity at some point during the process is imperative,” the committee urged. “Whether providing a ‘real time’ signature, a government-issued photo identification card, or other unique personally identifying information, like a driver’s license number or a state identification number, requesting that a voter provide one of these easily-accessible identifiers will go a long way to strengthen the integrity of our system, while supporting the new, more efficient way of administering our elections.”
You can read the full report here.
The report also sharply criticized the vote counting procedures in the city of Detroit, confirming poll watchers faced harassment, hostile treatment and impediments to doing their job.
“Despite these mistakes and, potentially, illegal actions, the committee found no evidence fraudulent activities were undertaken or that such actions led to irreparable harm to ballots or vote counting. Numerous safeguards, particularly the partisan make up of the election boards themselves, were not lost, despite these actions,” it said.
Most of the report, however, was dedicated to debunking many allegations that were made challenging the integrity of the 2020 presidential vote showing Democrat Joe Biden defeating Republican President Trump in the key battleground state.
For instance, the report disputed allegations of large numbers of dead voters cast ballots, saying it only found two such instances and each involved clerical errors and not fraud.
“The committee researched these claims and concluded that most were false,” the report states.
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