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Michigan’s elected officials take stance on ‘State of Texas v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al’

The case seeks to overturn election results in Michigan and other battleground states.
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Published: Dec. 10, 2020 at 6:14 PM EST
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LANSING, Mich. and WASHINGTON (WLUC) - Some of Michigan’s elections officials are taking a stance on federal case out of Texas.

U.S. Representative Jack Bergman (R-MI) released a statement on his support of State of Texas v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al.

The case seeks to overturn election results in Michigan and other battleground states. Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin were listed as defendants in the suit.

Rep. Jack Bergman issued the following statement:

”This week, I signed onto the Amicus Brief in support of State of Texas v. Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, et al. I didn’t come to this decision lightly or flippantly, and I didn’t make this decision based on emotion or even frustration with the election outcome. I came to this decision because trust in the very foundation of our Republic is at stake.

“Americans are losing faith in our systems, specifically our elections, at an alarming rate. I’ve heard from numerous constituents over the past four years, on all sides of the political spectrum, concerned about these very things – interference in elections by foreign entities, voting irregularities, failure by election officials to follow current laws in place, and lack of security in absentee voting.

“In this Amicus Brief, we outline multiple occasions where the state of Michigan – specifically the Secretary of State – subverted Michigan election law and constitutional precedent which in turn created a crisis of confidence in Michigan. Every American needs to know that every legal vote is counted – and only legal votes. This can only be achieved if those administering our elections are held to the highest standard. As with many elections in the past, our case deserves to be heard by the Supreme Court, and Michiganders deserve to know their concerns are being addressed.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel (D) filed her response as well, saying:

In her response, Nessel notes that the challenge by Texas is “an unprecedented one, without factual foundation and without a valid legal basis.”

“The base of Texas’s claims rests on an assertion that Michigan has violated its own election laws. Not true,” the filing states. “That claim has been repeatedly rejected in the federal and state courts in Michigan, and just yesterday the Michigan Supreme Court rejected a last-ditch effort to request an audit. Not only is the complaint here meritless, but its jurisdictional flaws abound and provide solid ground to dispose of this action.”

“Trump and his ambassadors – like the Texas Attorney General – have used our court system to wage a disinformation campaign baselessly attacking the integrity of our election system. In addition to just spreading falsehoods on social media platforms, through media channels, and from seats positioned before our state legislatures, they’ve now done so at our country’s highest court,” Nessel said. “I am confident the Supreme Court will reject Texas’ bid to disenfranchise millions of Michigan voters and I am proud to represent the people of my state in defense of the very essence of our core democratic values. Michigan voters will decide the outcome of their elections, not Texas politicians. "

Congressman Bergman and 110th District State Representative Greg Markkanen (R-Hancock), joined the suit. In response, on Friday, 109th District State Representative Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) issued the following statement:

“Michigan’s Secretary of State Office, alongside our local clerks and local election poll workers, are currently performing the most in-depth post election audit ever performed in our state’s history. Any and all fraudulent findings will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law, which I adamantly support,” said Cambensy. “But to have Michigan Legislators join a SCOTUS lawsuit from the Texas Attorney General that seeks to overturn and void the citizen’s popular vote of Michigan residents because they don’t like our state election laws, and they don’t like the outcome of the election, is absolutely crazy.”

“Simply put: Elected officials work for you the people — not the other way around. To have your legislators publicly support another state trying to take your vote away, and then give themselves the power to decide who won the election for you is a blatant attack on your voting rights. It’s a blatant attack on democracy. The people of this state should be outraged this power grab is happening by elected officials over unsubstantiated voter fraud claims.”

Cambensy also said, “Michigan residents petitioned and voted by ballot proposal to pass no-reason absentee voting in Michigan in 2018. Michigan voters passed that measure by nearly a two-thirds margin. The Secretary of State, the Michigan Republican Party and the Michigan Democratic Party all legally sent out applications — not ballots — to apply to vote by mail in the 2020 election.  There has been no evidence of mass voter fraud turned in and found to be credible by law enforcement officials, including the Federal Department of Justice, or our court system in Michigan or any other state in the nation, despite numerous false claims on social media and by President Trump himself.”

Learn more about the case here.

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