The GOP-led state senate oversight committee said in a 55-page report released today that citizens should be confident that the election’s outcome represents the “true results.”
Democrat Joe Biden defeated the then-president Donald Trump by about 155,000 votes, or 2.8 percentage points, in the battleground state.
Trump and his allies have pushed debunked conspiracy theories and unfounded information about voter fraud.
“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 panel wrote days after Republican activists requested an Arizona-style “forensic” audit of the election.
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 governor 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 Mike Lindell, the MyPillow creator-turned-conspiracy peddler; lawyer Matthew DePerno, who unsuccessfully sued the county on behalf of a resident, and ex-state senator 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 “dumped” at Detroit’s counting center after the polls closed.
“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 state senator Ed McBroom, a Republican who chairs the panel.
The lone Democrat on the committee, state senator Jeff Irwin of Ann Arbor, said: “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.”