(Molly Bruns, Headline USA) Election integrity volunteers reported being “afraid” to attend Michigan election recounts after the state’s Democrat Attorney General Dana Nessel apparently threatened to arrest and prosecute activists promoting anti-fraud efforts.
According to Just the News, a Michigan attorney involved in the situation reported that several volunteers fear being targeted by the government.
Hundreds of Michigan precincts started a recount two proposals which were on the ballot in the state’s midterm elections.
The first measure under scrutiny is Proposal 2, which establishes early voting, allows imprisoned convicts to vote and counteracts Republican efforts to establish more stringent voter ID laws.
Proposal 3, the other proposal subject to the recount, enshrines abortion rights in the state’s constitution.
The Election Integrity Force (EIF) brought about the recount, a watchdog group that pushes for “transparent and trusted” elections
Both measures won by a comfortable margin and it is unlikely they will be repealed.
Several of EIF’s election challengers still showed up for the recount to search for irregularities in the ballots.
Attorney Daniel Hartman has been working with the EIF and watching over the recount effort.
“There was a great turnout on Wednesday,” he told Just the News. “This was a group of unpaid volunteers who appeared from all walks of life and peacefully assembled with short notice to participate in the recount process. They got involved because it was the right thing to do.”
EIF released a statement that they found “evidence of ballot box tampering,” though they did not specify what the evidence is.
Incidents across several counties were referred to AG Nessel’s office, which quickly resulted in a statement saying she may call on law enforcement if the scrutiny continues.
“Recent reports of threatening behavior and interference at locations where recounts are taking place cause unnecessary disturbances and may even rise to the level of criminal acts,” said Nessel. “My department is monitoring the situation closely and will not hesitate to act should circumstances demand a response from law enforcement.”
Hartman slammed Nessel for attacking Michigan citizens, saying the volunteers simply want free and fair elections.
“All we want to do is look at what’s going on,” he said. “I’m not a paranoid person, but the entire system feels like it’s rigged and out of our hands. That’s not being an election denier. That’s being a concerned citizen.”