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Statement of Secretary Benson on Michigan 'false electors' felony charges
July 18, 2023
Today, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made the following statement on Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel's announcement that she has filed felony charges against 16 Michigan residents for their alleged attempts to interfere with the results of the 2020 presidential election:
“I was pleased to learn of the felony charges filed today against 16 individuals who allegedly sought to disenfranchise Michigan voters and disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election by submitting fake electoral votes.
"As Michigan’s Chief Election Officer, I have a sworn duty to follow the rule of law, protect and defend the legal vote of every Michigan citizen, and ensure our elections are safe, secure, and accurate.
"As we begin to see accountability and justice for those who were part of an actionable plan to subvert the will of the people in 2020, we must also remember that we are still in the midst of a nationally coordinated effort to weaken democracy. As we prepare for the 2024 presidential election, today’s charges are the first in an ongoing effort to not just seek justice for the wrongs of the past, but to ensure they do not happen again.
"My office looks forward to fully cooperating with any subsequent legal efforts to bring those who violated the law to justice."
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