Though Joe Biden has occupied the Oval Office since January, significant questions about the integrity of the 2020 presidential election remain, and this week, hundreds of Michiganians doubtful of the validity of the outcome delivered nearly 7,000 affidavits to the state capital and demanded that a forensic audit be conducted similar to one already underway in Arizona, as the Washington Examiner reports.
Michigan Conservative Coalition representative Matt Seely explained the position of those who made their voices heard, saying, “If we do a deep-dive forensic audit similar to Arizona, it will do either one of two things. It will prove that all of the politicians who say there’s nothing to see there, that they were right. Or it will prove that there’s a big problem with the integrity of our elections and that we need to address it in a major way,” as Just the News noted.
Seely added, “If the politicians who are trying to stop this from taking place truly believe there’s nothing to see there, then what would be the harm in just proving to the electorate that the concerns are unwarranted?”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) has claimed that numerous audits conducted across the state after the election serve as “concrete evidence that November’s election was fair, secure and accurate, and that the results reflect the will of Michigan voters,” the Associated Press reported.
“Those sincerely wanting credible audits of our elections should be reminded that here in Michigan election officials – including 1,300 Republican, Democrat and non-partisan local clerks – have conducted more than 250 actual, by the book, transparent audits of the November 2020 election,” Benson declared in a statement.
However, many of the voters who gathered in Lansing contend that the type of audits to which Benson referred only involved recounting votes themselves and did not take the extra step of inspecting votes to ensure that they came from qualified voters.
According to Seely, questions about the security and integrity of election processes should not be a partisan issue, and he cited a survey indicating that 7 out of 10 Republicans have serious doubts about the outcome of the 2020 election, as the Examiner noted. Another poll suggested that upwards of 30% of Democrats think it likely that members of their party “stole votes or destroyed pro-Trump ballots…to ensure that Biden would win.”
At this point, Republicans in the Michigan state Senate do not appear poised to support the petitioners’ request, though Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R- Clarklake) acknowledged that many voters “are still frustrated with how the election was prosecuted and frankly some of them are still frustrated with the results.”
Though the Michigan Senate just approved more stringent photo ID requirements for subsequent elections, it is clear that such a measure is not enough for the thousands of Michigan voters who remain unconvinced as to the veracity of the 2020 outcome, and who will continue pressing for the answers they deserve.