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Republican-led election report finds no evidence of widespread fraud

The report looked into allegations that dead people voted, the signature verification process, unsolicited absentee voter ballots and more.
Published: Jun. 23, 2021 at 8:49 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WLUC) - A GOP-led report on the November 2020 election has found, “no evidence of widespread or systematic fraud.”

Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Waucedah Township) led the investigation and said in part, “At this point, I feel confident to assert the results of the Michigan election are accurately represented by the certified and audited results. While the Committee was unable to exhaust every possibility, we were able to delve thoroughly into enough to reasonably reach this conclusion. "

The report looked into allegations that dead people voted, the signature verification process, unsolicited absentee voter ballots and more. Again, no widespread evidence was found of any fraud.

“I think that we very clearly found vulnerabilities in the system, found bad actors in the last election,” said McBroom. “But I think we also very clearly say that the system didn’t break.”

On Wednesday morning the Senate Oversight Committee voted the report out in a 3-1 party-line vote. The only democrat on the committee criticized the amount of time that was spent on the report and voted no.

“There are other issues that I think should have taken precedence in the middle of a pandemic over what we were investigating here in this committee,” said Jeff Irwin, D-18th State Senate District.

Irwin did thank McBroom for running a “fair process”. The committee held 30 hours of hearings

The report ultimately concludes that people should, “use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain.”

“I know that we’re not going to satisfy everybody,” said McBroom. “There’s some people who will truly never be satisfied unless we were able to prove what they wanted to know and that, that would change the outcome of the election, but there’s no reason to believe that would be the just and right outcome.”

Currently, the report is still being called an “initial report”.

“I wanted to leave the very real possibility that additional material does come forward,” said McBroom.

The report is not a bill and has no legal impact. However, many of the investigation’s recommendations are proposed in the 39-bill package from Republicans earlier this year.

You can read the full report by clicking here.

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