Despite the inauguration of Joe Biden back in January, voters in significant numbers have lingering questions about the integrity of the 2020 election, and last week, nearly 7,000 affidavits from concerned Michigan voters demanding a forensic audit such as the one underway in Maricopa County, Arizona, were delivered to the state capital, as the Washington Examiner reports.
According to Michigan Conservative Coalition spokesperson Matt Seeley, those voicing their opinions in this way simply want to ensure accountability and accuracy in the state’s electoral processes. “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.”
Wondering why there would be any partisan opposition from Democrats to such a process. Seeley 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?”
Seeley’s take on the situation has been met with strong resistance from, among others, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D), who, according to the Associated Press, has countered by arguing that voluminous audits already conducted throughout the state have provided “concrete evidence that November’s election was fair and accurate, and that the results reflect the will of Michigan voters.”
Benson opined in a statement, “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.”
Republicans seeking additional review of the outcome, however, argue that the sort of audits Benson mentioned merely entailed a recount of ballots themselves and did not do anything to verify that the votes were cast by individuals legally qualified to vote.
Seely maintains that concerns about election integrity should transcend party affiliation, and he pointed to a recent survey suggesting that roughly 70% of Republicans harbor distrust over the validity of the 2020 election results. The Examiner also noted that a different survey revealed that up to 30% of Democrats thought it probable that individuals in their party “stole votes or destroyed pro-Trump ballots….to ensure that Biden would win.”
Thus far, it appears doubtful that the petition drive will gain much traction with Republican leadership in the state. Michigan Republican Party Executive Director Jason Roe explained last week to Mlive.com that the state GOP has no official position on the initiative, but added that “the data just doesn’t show a massive fraud conspiracy.”
Though he seemed reluctant to press the issue very much further, state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) admitted that many voters “are still frustrated with how the election was prosecuted,” and that is a sentiment undeniably shared by countless Americans well beyond the Great Lakes State.