WASHINGTON, D.C. — In a report released Wednesday, the Republican-led Michigan Senate Oversight Committee announced that it had found no evidence of voter fraud in the 2020 election after its eight-month inquiry into unfounded allegations leveraged by former President Donald Trump and his allies. The report, which is over 50 pages long, addresses and debunks a long series of claims that Republicans had promoted after President Joe Biden’s victory: votes cast in the names of deceased people, machine errors switching votes, the sending out of unsolicited absentee ballots and vote counting irregularities in Detroit. “Citizens should be confident the results represent the true results of the ballots cast by the people of Michigan,” the report concludes.
State Republicans, however, are continuing to push a voter suppression agenda that they claim is needed after the 2020 election. The report also advocates for the passage of voter suppression legislation currently pending in the state legislature, a move that caused the lone Democrat on the Oversight Committee to refuse to adopt the report, as he opposes such proposals. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) commented that it is “mind-boggling” how Republicans could lead this investigation and publish a report definitively denouncing any claims of fraud, yet still push a legislative agenda that would significantly restrict access to the ballot for Michiganders.