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Shirkey comments on reports of threats against election officials

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement denouncing reports of intimidation against election officials and calling on the attorney general and secretary of state to initiate swift action:

“The integrity of our elections should be a priority for every citizen, but individuals that resort to insults, intimidation, or threats against any citizen are an affront to democracy and their methods have no place in our process.”

“The men and women who perform duties as part of county and state boards of canvassers should never fear for their safety or the safety of their loved ones.  There have been disturbing reports of individuals who allegedly threatened the children of members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.  Those reports and others should immediately be investigated by law enforcement and Attorney General Nessel should ensure these investigations are initiated quickly and earnestly.”

“Allegations of fraud and other concerns about the elections process deserve the full attention of Secretary Benson.  The secretary of state should act quickly to review the discrepancies found in Wayne County.  Additional concerns have been brought before the courts, which is the proper place to resolve questions of legality surrounding the state elections process.”

“The Senate has convened its Oversight Committee and issued a subpoena for records from the Michigan Secretary of State.  The committee chairman is committed to a transparent, robust, and exhaustive process.”

“In short, there are ample avenues and opportunities to resolve concerns about the election.  Threats and violence have no place in the process and should be condemned by all those who value our democracy,” said Shirkey.