Amid fears of election evidence being destroyed, members of the Michigan Legislature’s House and Senate oversight committees will issue subpoenas to Detroit and the nearby suburb of Livonia, demanding they surrender hard drives, emails, absentee voter counting board laptops and other election-related materials.
But it’s not just republicans; one Senate democrat reportedly joined his republican colleagues in supporting the subpoenas.
This comes after a November 28 memo from the State Bureau of Elections – following the same protocol as prior elections – ordering the deletion, by November 30, of “E-Poll Book laptops and flash drives…unless a petition for recount has been filed and the recount has not been completed, a post-election audit is planned but has not yet been completed, or the deletion of the data has been stayed by an order of the court of Secretary of State.”
Tracy Wimmer, director of Media Relations for democrat Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, told Just the News that she rejected republicans’ concerns about the deletion memo.
“The Bureau of Elections memo sent to clerks is the same memo that has been sent to clerks for years, including under the administration of now state senator Ruth Johnson,” she said. “Republican House and Senate legal counsel were provided this information days ago. The fact that members of their party is choosing to ignore these truths in a press release demonstrates they have no interest in preserving the integrity of our elections or democracy.”
Subpoenaing election materials as a precaution shows that republicans have no interest in preserving the integrity of our elections?
If anything, it shows their dedication to upholding democracy by seeking to protect the resources in question.
Michigan Senator republican Ruth Johnson, who supported the subpoena effort, told Just the News she had previously signed the deletion order while she was secretary of state but the unprecedented nature of the 2020 election changed things.
“Election integrity should not be a partisan issue, this information needs to be preserved while there are ongoing lawsuits, audits, and Oversight committee review of the November election,” Johnson said. “Only after these activities are concluded should this information be deleted for data privacy reasons.”
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