Secretary of State declines request to testify to state lawmakers

Jocelyn Benson says "election was secure"
Posted at 12:20 PM, Dec 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-16 12:20:17-05

LANSING, Mich. — As state lawmakers continue to plan hearings on the 2020 election, Michigan's Secretary of State says she will not testify.

Jocelyn Benson sent a letter to the House Oversight Committee Chairman on Tuesday, informing him of the decision.

In the letter Benson says she's concerned the continued hearings are "amplifying already debunked conspiracy theories and previously disproven claims of people who lack basic knowledge of election administration, and in doing so undermining the integrity of the election and wounding our democracy.”


A statement by the Secretary of State's office notes that Attorney General William Barr, the FBI, and federal judges have all looked into the claims of election fraud and found them unproven.

Benson says she would like to talk with lawmakers about possible reforms for future elections.