Michigan lawmakers issue subpoenas to Detroit, Livonia clerks
Lansing – Michigan House and Senate oversight committees voted Tuesday to issue subpoenas to employees in Livonia and Detroit as Republican lawmakers stepped up their efforts to investigate the November 3 election.
Among the subpoenas, Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey and Livonia Clerk Susan Nash are required to submit a plethora of documents by January 12th at 5:00 p.m. on how they conducted their elections.
Detroit was the focus of President Donald Trump’s campaign to discredit Michigan’s election with unsubstantiated allegations of election fraud. Livonia, also located in Wayne County, had similar rates of imbalance compared to Detroit.
This means that the number of voters recorded in ballot books does not match the number of ballots cast in the electoral districts. The imbalances are usually due to human error, voter changes, and other administrative problems.
“We are continuing our due diligence to determine whether or not the allegations made are true,” said Senate Regulatory Authority Chairman Ed McBroom, R-Vulcan, following the meeting.
“We have heard many explanations for survey books getting out of whack,” he added. “We want to look at this level.”
Members of the Senate’s oversight committee voted 5-0 to approve the subpoenas, with the sole Democrat voting in favor of approval. Members of the House Oversight Committee voted 6-3 with Democrats in opposition.
Republican lawmakers in Michigan law have held a series of electoral integrity hearings in the past few weeks after Trump lost state to President-elect Joe Biden on Nov. 3 and blown up unsubstantiated allegations of wrongdoing.
Biden won Michigan with 154,000 votes. The Board of State Canvassers confirmed the result on November 23.