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Local politicians weigh-in on integrity of election

Posted at 6:27 PM, Nov 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-06 18:27:45-05

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.  — "The RNC has deployed legal teams in four states, including Michigan, to investigate clear irregularities with vote counting and tabulation in those states" Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said.

The chairwoman of the Republican National Committee claimed Friday there are irregularities within the votes in Michigan and they plan to investigate.

The allegations echo the President, whose legal team lost the battle in court Thursday, because the judge said there was not enough evidence, but lawsuits are still being pursued in other states.

Terry Sabo DEM. muskegon

1:21 "We all know as elected officials, the vote count right now, everything is unofficial," Terry Sabo, Democratic State Representative from Muskegon said.

Sabo says mistakes can be made. But that's why results are checked, and double checked, before they are certified. Certification doesn't happen until December.

"We also had a small issue here in Muskegon County, where a township that is traditionally more republican, accidentally counted those votes twice. That had to go back and be corrected. That's why it's unofficial. To make sure we get the time to do things correctly," Sabo said.

Republican State Representative Mary Whiteford from Allegan County says while she trusts her local clerk, she wants to make sure the Detroit area followed protocol.

"What we're hearing out in the Detroit area is very concerning," Whiteford said. "I do believe that we have a process here, we just have to make sure that we are following current election law."

State Rep. Jim Haadsma, a Democrat from Battle Creek, says he has full faith in Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to administer a secure election, and says those expressing opinions to the contrary are false.

"We want to make sure all the votes are counted. This kind of idea, that one is going to surge in relation to some late absentee ballots, is I think mis-directed. These are votes that were already made," Haadsma said.
"These are votes that are already made. It's not a rally. It's about ensuring that all the votes that our residents have made are counted."