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Michigan elections are secure and accurate

This letter to the editor was originally published in The Morning Sun.

On July 4th we celebrated Independence Day, the birth of our nation. The Declaration of Independence, the founding document of our country, lays out the principles that are the foundation of our Democracy.

Elections are the primary way in which we, the people, can exercise our power in a democracy. Through elections, we choose our leaders and make decisions that will determine the future of the country. Our ability to vote in elections is a fundamental freedom and the cornerstone of our Democracy.

Republican, Democrat, and Independent election clerks, staff and volunteers are duty-bound to make sure every election is secure, accurate and fair. They follow the law and adhere to strict security protocols to ensure that Michigan’s elections are among the most secure in our nation.

Boards of Canvassers have the responsibility of certifying Michigan elections. Certification is among the most important parts of the election process, as it ensures that the will of the voters is accurately reflected in the election results. This process is also designed to be transparent and fair, so that all stakeholders can have confidence in the results of the election.

Each canvassing board is composed of two Republicans and two Democrats. Michigan law allows county canvassers 14 days to examine everything that transpired in the elections in their counties or jurisdiction prior to certifying the election results. The state board of canvassers must, subsequently, vote to certify all of the county elections. If canvassers were to encounter any evidence of fraud, they are required to report it to law enforcement. If the Michigan Board of State Canvassers certifies the election results those election results are final.

We, the voters of Michigan, can feel assured that certified elections have been, and will continue to be, secure, accurate and fair.

Theresa Turner

Spokesperson, League of Women Voters of Mt. Pleasant Area