SOS provides election docs, while AG blasts GOP lawmakers’ probe

    Susan J. Demas

    After the GOP-led Michigan Legislature issued a subpoena to state election officials and launched an investigation into alleged presidential election irregularities that Republicans have failed to prove in court, Attorney General Dana Nessel on Monday responded on behalf of the Michigan Bureau of Elections with a stinging response to the inquiry.

    “To our partners in the MI Legislature, on behalf of the executive officers of our state; please spend more time protecting our residents from the spread of Covid, and less time trying to promote conspiracy theories about our election,” tweeted Nessel, a Democrat. “One helps Michiganders, the other does not.”

    Michigan has seen a big spike in COVID-19 cases in recent weeks, topping 264,000 cases and 8,000 deaths.

    In a rare Saturday session on Nov. 7, the state House and Senate Oversight committees met and voted to subpoena the state Bureau of Elections to produce documents focused on events leading up to the Nov. 3 general election. 

    President-elect Joe Biden, a Democrat, has won Michigan over GOP President Donald Trump by about 150,000 votes, according to unofficial returns.

    Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, on Monday tweeted that her office has provided “nearly 1,100 pages of documents to the state legislature to illustrate our commitment to transparency & underscore the fairness of the 2020 election, despite the questionable legality of the subpoena and the naked partisan agenda behind it.”

    Nessel, the state’s chief law enforcement official, said that Michigan’s elections have been fair and transparent.

    “It is time to set the politics aside and focus on moving our state and country forward together,” she said in a statement. “We hope the Bureau’s response to the Legislature’s subpoena today will help do that.”

    Several GOP-inspired lawsuits both in federal and state court involving the Nov. 3 general election have been either rejected or dismissed in recent days by Michigan judges. 

    Ken Coleman
    Ken Coleman covers Southeast Michigan, economic justice and civil rights. He is a former Michigan Chronicle senior editor and served as the American Black Journal segment host on Detroit Public Television. He has written and published four books on black life in Detroit, including Soul on Air: Blacks Who Helped to Define Radio in Detroit and Forever Young: A Coleman Reader. His work has been cited by the Detroit News, Detroit Free Press, History Channel and CNN. Additionally, he was an essayist for the award-winning book, Detroit 1967: Origins, Impacts, Legacies. Ken has served as a spokesperson for the Michigan Democratic Party, Detroit Public Schools, U.S. Sen. Gary Peters and U.S. Rep. Brenda Lawrence. Previously to joining the Advance, he worked for the Detroit Federation of Teachers as a communications specialist. He is a Historical Society of Michigan trustee and a Big Brothers Big Sisters of Metropolitan Detroit advisory board member.