Bizon: ‘We owe it to all Michigan residents to investigate what happened on Election Day.’
LANSING, Mich. — Numerous state lawmakers submitted a letter Monday to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson calling for her to conduct an audit of the Nov. 3 general election results.
Hundreds of sworn affidavits claiming errors at a clerk’s office, numerous mishandled ballots, and illegal and official intimidation and interference with lawful election challengers and poll watchers led to the letter, said Sen. John Bizon, M.D., one of the signatories.
“To truly have a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we must guarantee free, safe and secure elections,” said Bizon, R-Battle Creek. “There have been too many credible allegations that the Nov. 3 election was not safe and secure, and that outcomes may have been affected.
“We owe it to all Michigan residents to investigate what happened on Election Day.”
The letter cited three main reasons for the need to audit the election: errors made by the Antrim County clerk’s office; multiple accounts of election officials mishandling ballots in various, egregious ways; and reports of poll challenger intimidation and interference.
These allegations are “backed up by sworn affidavits of over 100 Michigan citizens, real people, willing to face legal consequences to their lives and livelihoods to stand by their assertions,” the letter states. “These claims deserve our full attention and diligent investigation to ensure fairness and transparency in our election process.
“As such, and due directly to these issues, we are requesting that the secretary of state authorize a full, independent audit to be conducted to investigate each of the accusations listed above prior to the certification of any results. This independent audit should aim to achieve completion in a timely manner, certainly before Dec. 8, so that Michigan can fully participate when the electoral college meets on Dec. 14.”