Michigan Senate GOP Says 2020 Election Outcome Shows 'True Results,' No Widespread Fraud

Michigan Senate Republicans determined that the 2020 presidential election outcome marks the "true results" and there was no widespread voting fraud in the state following a multiple-month investigation. The GOP senators also recommended the state attorney look into those who made claims of systemic voter fraud in Antrim County in order to generate profits and public attention "for their own ends."

The Michigan Senate Committee, which is led by Republicans, released a 55-page report Wednesday certifying that President Joe Biden defeated former President Donald Trump by 155,000 votes. The findings further debunk unproven accusations by Trump and his supporters of a stolen election, the Associated Press reported.

"The committee strongly recommends citizens use a critical eye and ear toward those who have pushed demonstrably false theories for their own personal gain," the committee wrote following requests from Republican activists to conduct a "forensic" audit of Michigan's election results.

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In this June 17 photo, conservatives gather on the steps of the Michigan Capitol before delivering thousands of affidavits requesting that lawmakers order an "forensic" audit of the 2020 election in Lansing, Michigan. Senate Republicans who investigated Michigan's presidential election say there was no widespread or systemic fraud in a report Wednesday. David Eggert/AP Photo

The committee's three Republicans did recommend legislation that would close "real vulnerabilities" in future elections. Election-related bills are pending, including proposed tougher photo ID rules that the Senate passed last week, but Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will veto them if they reach her desk.

Election night results in northern Michigan's rural Antrim County, which has roughly 23,000 residents, initially erroneously showed a local victory for Biden over Trump. But it was attributed to human error, not any problems with machines, and corrected. A hand recount turned up no signs of shenanigans.

"We will review the report in its entirety in order to determine if a criminal investigation is appropriate," Lynsey Mukomel, spokeswoman for Attorney General Dana Nessel, said of the call to probe individuals who have lied about what happened in Antrim.

People mentioned in the report include lawyer Matthew DePerno, who unsuccessfully sued the county on behalf of a resident, and ex-state Sen. Patrick Colbeck. The report also criticized Texas-based Allied Security Operations Group, a company that worked with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani to raise baseless allegations of fraud and counting errors.

The report dismissed various allegations—that many dead people voted, that hundreds of thousands of unsolicited absentee ballots were mailed to Michigan voters, that absentee ballots were counted multiple times, that tens of thousands of fraudulent absentee ballots were brought to Detroit's counting center after the polls closed. Those "dumped" ballots had been submitted throughout Election Day in drop boxes, in the mail and at clerk's offices.

The panel's Republicans recommended drop boxes not be used or be closed sooner than 8 p.m. on Election Day so that processing and tabulating the ballots they contain won't extend long into the night. Democrats have said such a move would disenfranchise some voters.

"The committee's report goes into considerable detail...and I hope the public is reassured by the security and protections already in place, motivated to support necessary reforms to make it better and grateful for our fellow citizens who do the hard work of conducting our elections," said Ed McBroom, a Vulcan Republican who chairs the panel.

The lone Democrat on the committee, Sen. Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, noted that its two other members had been among 11 GOP senators who asked Congress to investigate "credible" allegations of election misconduct on Jan. 4, two days before it met to certify Biden's win amid the deadly insurrection by Trump supporters at the Capitol.

"It is unfortunate that the Michigan Legislature participated in the circus, parading witnesses who were not credible or who pressed obvious falsehoods in order to promote the lie that Michigan's results were tainted," he said. "But it is my fervent hope that we, as a legislative body, can finally focus our energy on getting help out to our residents who need it most after such a tumultuous year for many due to the COVID-19 pandemic."

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a drive-in campaign rally with then-Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and former President Barack Obama at Belle Isle on Oct. 31, 2020 in Detroit. Whitmer plans to veto pending election-related bills that passed the state Senate last week if they make it to her desk. Drew Angerer/Getty Images