LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, released the following statement on Tuesday after a hearing of the Senate Oversight Committee took testimony from concerned citizens regarding alleged improprieties with the Nov. 3 general election.
“For over seven hours today, the Senate Oversight Committee heard testimony from dozens of individuals who gave firsthand accounts of what happened during the tabulation of absentee ballots at the TCF Center in Detroit.
“As a member of the committee, it was insightful to hear about what they experienced, and I thank all who came to share their stories. After listening to their testimony, I have no doubt that there were numerous irregularities related to Michigan’s Nov. 3 election and, specifically, issues that occurred in Wayne County.
“Every citizen deserves to have faith in the integrity of the election process and its outcome. It is our responsibility, as elected public servants, to assure the people of Michigan of the process’s integrity through complete transparency and the faithful investigation of any allegations of wrongdoing, fraud or abuse.
“My colleagues and I have already called on the secretary of state to conduct an independent and thorough audit of the election, and over the coming weeks, I will continue to seek any and all avenues possible to ensure that an independent, forensic audit of the Nov. 3 election is conducted. Over the next few months, I will be working with my colleagues in both the House and the Senate to seek further legislative changes to ensure the integrity of future elections in our state.
“I am committed to taking every possible step to ensure that all Michiganders, and all Americans, have confidence that the state of Michigan conducts its elections with integrity and accuracy.”