Michigan — Power Tripping at the Polls

Michigan — Power Tripping at the Polls 1

By Maryam Henein

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opinions are the author’s alone.

Safe Harbor, Texas Hold’em And Forensics

Election security is not a partisan issue.

December 8th marked the “Safe Harbor Day Deadline” which is
when states typically need to certify election results. However,
some constitutional experts say the deadline does not apply to
disputed states, and that more time is needed to properly
investigate ballot irregularities and voting anomalies.

“The ONLY Electoral College deadline specifically required by
the Constitution is noon on January 20, at which point Trump’s
first term officially ends,” Phillip Kline of The
Amistad Project
tweeted Tuesday.

According to a
press release
from The Amistad Project, “the December 8
‘safe harbor’ deadline for appointing presidential Electors
does not apply to states where flagrant violations of state
election laws affected the outcome of the popular vote. In fact,
the only Constitutionally-set date in the election process is the
assumption of office by the President on January 20.”

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The Amistad Project
has filed litigation in several key swing
states arguing that illegal conduct by state and local officials
led to more than 1.2 million potentially fraudulent ballots,
including illegal votes that were counted and legal votes that were
not counted. In each state, the number of potentially fraudulent
ballots far exceeds the margin separating the leading presidential

Meanwhile, Michigan is still waiting on the report from a
forensic audit of Dominion voting machines in Antrim County
in a previous piece

Matthew DePerno of DePerno
Law Offices
, who filed a lawsuit on Friday on behalf of Central
Lake resident William Bailey, claims that Dominion Voting Systems
“committed material fraud or error in this election so that the
outcome of the election was affected.” DePerno was granted
permission to conduct a forensic study of the 16 Dominion voting
machines, tabulators, thumb drives, related software, and the
Clerk’s “master tabulator.”

“My forensic team is still reviewing the information, and we
hope to get a report completed tonight,” Matthew DePerno told
Activist Post on Wednesday, December 9th. There is currently a
protective order that doesn’t permit his team to share the
findings — if fruitful of fraud — with the Trump administration
or anyone else.

Meanwhile, State Rep. Matt Hall, the Republican who chairs the
Michigan House Oversight Committee sent a
follow-up letter
to Dominion CEO John Poulos asking, yet again,
to help answer a few questions to help lawmakers and voters better
understand the election software. Hall even said he was amenable to
Zoom but that if this letter was also ignored, he was prepared to
issue a legislative subpoena to ‘compel’ an appearance.

The Epoch Times

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grew Dominion through direct support to elections in
Mongolia and the Philippines. He also co-founded The Delian
a non-governmental organization that “aims to help
post-conflict and emerging democracies implement positive change in
their electoral process through the application of technology.”
Critics have linked The Delian Project and Democrats. It turns out
Clinton Foundation
invested $2.25 million in Dominion

Poulos testified before the Committee on House Administration

in January on the topic of election security perspectives. He
mentioned Dominion being a� U.S.-owned company, although it’s
headquartered in Toronto.

Finally in a twist, Attorney General Ken Paxton filed a 92-page
lawsuit in the US Supreme Court against Against Pennsylvania,
Georgia, Michigan & Wisconsin. A major point of the lawsuit is
going to hinge on the fact that local officials in these 4 states
changed voting policies, including the expansion of mail-in ballots
because of the COVID-19 pandemic, without the permission of state

The claim,
writes Sarah Westall
, challenges the defendant’s
administration of the elections claiming the “2020 election
suffered from significant and unconstitutional irregularities in
the Defendant States.â€

Also, check out the breakdown by World
Wire News

Local officials do not have the constitutional authority to
change voting procedures regardless of whatever COVID-related
emergency power they may have.

Trump says
at least 17 States have joined Texas in the case
against Election Fraud.

Power Tripping At The Polls

As mentioned in
earlier pieces
, the coronavirus was used as an excuse to
redefine electoral laws.

“My concerns began prior to the election over the increased
effort to solicit voters during the COVID-19 pandemic who may not
be legally able to vote,†explains Brenda Savage of the Election Integrity
(EIF), a bipartisan nonprofit organization dedicated to
assuring that elections are conducted legally.

She witnessed a push to offer mail-in ballots to all residents
of voting age compared to the previous method of sending Absentee
Ballot requests only to registered voters within municipalities by
their Clerks.

Savage became a plaintiff in a suit filed by Thomas More Law
Society through The Amistad Project due to the changes put forth by
the Oakland County Clerk, reducing the ability of registered voters
to participate as Poll Challengers. The lawsuit named Jocelyn
Benson as Secretary of State and the Oakland County Government.

We filed prior to the election with an emergency request for
hearing due to the fact that we could not get answers to the
request for info from the Oakland County Clerk until just before
the election. The answer at that time was that only 3 Poll
Challengers would be allowed to participate in the Absentee Ballot
counting for 16 municipalities which were being counted at a
central location.

Intimidation was a theme in Michigan. Aside from alleged ballot
fraud, there were also accounts of poll challenge barriers.

Accounts detail that election officials systematically
discriminated against Republican poll watchers and in favor of
Democratic poll watchers and activists in enforcing rules — in
particular, through abuse of “social distancing†requirements.
Savage can attest as she fielded dozens of affidavits via EIF.

Meanwhile, the
lawsuit filed by Trump
against Michigan Secretary of State
Jocelyn Benson and Wayne County officials was accompanied by 234
pages of sworn affidavits. Credentialed election challengers were
allegedly blocked from having a sufficient view of the
vote-counting process and that challenges against certain ballots
were ignored. As a result, ineligible ballots were tallied.

Challenger Mary Shinkle, for instance, was told by an election
worker that she was not allowed to observe a ballot duplication
because “if [democrats] make a mistake then [republicans] would
be all over us.â€

Jessy Jacob
says she observed City of Detroit election workers
and employees coaching and trying to coach voters to vote for Joe
Biden and the Democrat party and improperly
the absentee ballot.

“I witnessed these workers and employees encouraging voters to
do a straight Democrat ballot,†she said at a Michigan state
legislature hearing.

Later, Savage recounted how Jacob sought out her team members
for support. “She came to us for protection as we are

Incidentally, a Michigan Secretary of State official told

The Epoch Times
during the hearing, that “no actual
evidence of any wrongdoing or fraud was presented, despite repeated
questions requesting such evidence from lawmakers.â€

Democrat election officials also reportedly would applaud,
cheer, and yell whenever a Republican challenger was ejected from
the counting area. The
Trump lawsuit
also mentioned the backdating of ballots and
unverified voters. For instance, Kayleigh Mcenany, a Wayne County
election worker, stated in a sworn affidavit that she was
instructed to falsify THOUSANDS of absentee ballots in Detroit.
Trump’s campaign withdrew their lawsuit on Nov. 19.

Here’s a piece titled
How Dead Voters Can Vote in Michigan
. Watch this Trump poll
watcher from
who says she was discriminated against.

In response to Trump’s lawsuit and allegations of election
chicanery, Jake Rollow, Michigan Department of State spokesperson,

This is the same kind of irresponsible false rhetoric and
misinformation that we saw throughout the election. [The lawsuit] is a press release masquerading as a legal claim designed to
promote false claims aimed at eroding the public’s confidence in
Michigan elections. But it does not change the truth: Michigan’s
elections were conducted fairly, securely, transparently, and the
results are an accurate reflection of the will of the people.

To Certify Or Not To Certify

The Michigan certification process was also rife with threats,
intimidation, and drama.

On Friday, November 20th, amid the certification hoopla,
President Donald Trump summoned Michigan’s Republican legislative
leaders Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee
Chatfield to the White House. The mainstream cast rumors on what
they would discuss. Later reports they discussed in large part,
COVID-19 relief.

On Saturday, November 21st, Republican National Committee

Chair Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Chair Laura Cox

sent a letter to Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers to urge a
delay in the certification.

“To simply gloss over these irregularities now without a
thorough audit would only foster feelings of distrust among
Michigan’s electorate,†the letter reads.

Yet on Monday, November 23rd, 11/23/2020, following an over
three-hour virtual meeting broadcast live by
Michigan Board of State Canvassers
, it was decided, 3-0, to
move forward with the certification of the election results,
despite allegations that 71% of poll votes seemingly did not match
in Wayne County.

After listening to the meeting for about an hour, my takeaway
was that Democrats were shaming anyone who opposed certification,
describing them as unpatriotic and suggesting that not certifying
is a felony, which it’s not.

The Detroit News
reported that Republican board member
Aaron Van Langevelde crossed over to join the two Democratic board
members in supporting certification. A fourth member of the board,
Norm Shinkle, a Republican, abstained. You can read Facebook
Whistleblower Ryan Hartwig’s notes
for more from that

That same day, an order to enjoin the certification with the

Michigan Supreme Court
against the City of Detroit and Michigan
Democratic party was denied. The two plaintiffs, Cheryl Costantino
and Edward McCall, contended that “the results of the November
2020 election [are] certified . . . Plaintiffs will lose their
right to audit its results, thereby losing the rights guaranteed
under the Michigan Constitution.â€

Indeed, the plain language of Const 1963, art 2, § 4(1)(h) does
not require an audit to precede the certification of election
results. Logically, you may assume that you need to audit before
certification, but it seems it’s the opposite. “To the
contrary, certified results would seem to be a prerequisite for
such an audit…â€

“You can think of it this way until it’s certified, it
remains theoretical,†explains Trey Trainor,
Commissioner, and current Chairman of the Federal Election
Commission (FEC).

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Initially, Wayne County GOP members
deadlocked with a 2-2
vote on the decision to certify election
votes, and the two Republicans only agreed to move forward if they
received a “comprehensive audit.† In an affidavit, Republicans

Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann said
they later learned
that state officials would not honor the audit to verify whether
voter registration and votes cast balances out. They felt they had
no recourse but to oppose certification until more investigation
could be performed.

They cited bullying tactics, e.g. being accused of being racist,
as the reason for agreeing to finally certify the day prior. The
two tried to get the certification
without luck. Michigan officials went on the record
to state the
Board of Canvassers
, who wanted to reverse their decision, were
out of luck.

Michigan’s chief election officer said a post-election audit
will be performed, though not to check “mythical allegationsâ€
of fraud.

“There is no legal mechanism for them to rescind their vote.
Their job is done, and the next step in the process is for the
Board of State Canvassers to meet and certify,†Tracy Wimmer, a
spokeswoman for the Michigan secretary of state, reported to

AP News

Secretary of State Jocelyn
stated that trying to halt the certification process was
“nothing more than an attempt to misuse these roles to play
partisan politics and cause confusion which, again, is kind of the
norm that we’ve seen throughout this election.â€

According to
The Detroit News
, she also stated that now that
certification had taken place, they would be implementing a
statewide risk-limiting audit and local procedural audits to affirm
the integrity of the process and identify opportunities for
improvement to strengthen elections “even further in the months

Note that there are different types of audits. For instance,
routine post-election audits check voting system performance in
contests, regardless of how close margins of victory appear. For
these process-based audits, it would not appear critical whether
they occur before the election results are finally certified, as
the audit is intended to gather the information that could be used
to perfect voting systems going forward. What have those audits
looked like in the past? How will they look this time around?

Good to note: a review of election laws conducted in early 2018
similarly recommended that audits be undertaken “after
preliminary outcomes are announced, but before official
certification of election results.†Because this allows for
“correction of preliminary results if preliminary election
outcomes are found to be incorrect.†Purposefully confusing?

Michigan’s audit manual says audits should take place within
30 days of the board certification of results, or by Dec. 23. The
Powell lawsuits assert that when it comes to Michigan, the results
for the President in the November 3, 2020 election must be set

Arguably, Governor Whitmer, Secretary Benson, and other
defendants violated the Equal Protection Clause of the
14th Amendment
, which prohibits states from denying any person
within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the law. In other
words, the laws of a state must treat an individual in the same
manner as other people in similar conditions and circumstances. A
violations of the Michigan Election Code is considered a

“You must know in your heart that this election was
fraudulent,†said one  Republican poll observer who testified
during the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee hearing on December
1st in Lansing. “There’s no question of it, if you really are

Read Part 1:
The Wolverine State — A Flip-Flopping Fiesta of Fraud?
Part 2:
Designed For Fraud? Dominating In Antrim County

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