LANSING, Mich., November 23, 2020 – The following remarks were delivered by Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox at today’s State Board of Canvassers meeting.
“I am asking you to consider delaying certification. There are too many questions that need to be answered regarding this election. Too many numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities. We need to remove the distrust and sense of procedural disenfranchisement felt by many Michigan voters in place. This vote will be certified, and the will of the people will be upheld. But we need to ensure there is a fair and accurate vote count first.
This election had its issues. At every step this election process has been stacked against Republicans. Starting with the challenger process.
Every election, the Michigan Republican Party chair signs credentials for thousands of Republicans who volunteer to observe and challenge the election counting process to uphold the integrity of the vote. This year, I was honored to perform that duty and thousands showed up across the state.
The majority of election officials treated all challengers regardless of party with dignity and respect and let them participate meaningfully in the process. One location and one jurisdiction stood out above others as being inhospitable and hostile to Republican challenges—the TCF Center.
From the moment issues started until today, the reaction from the Secretary of State, the Attorney General, and partisan Democrats has been antagonistic, belligerent and disrespectful. I appreciate the hard work of election officials but I also will not let Republican challengers be disrespected and shut out of the process.
And last week, the Wayne County Board of canvassers noticed significant problems with the election counting process across the county. When the Republican canvassers asked the state to take a little more time to investigate, they were treated again with hostility and intimidation. But rather than treat these threats seriously, many Democrat elected officials looked to further intimidate and threaten these officials.
This is why I implored this board of canvassers to provide a meaningful review of Wayne County.
In the future, I would ask this board to do three things.
First, please use your platform to ensure that all challengers and participants in the election process are treated equally regardless of party.
Second, please use your platform to end the threats and intimidation to Republicans and all parties. All deserve to have an election with integrity where every legal vote counts.
Third, please demand more from the election counting process so all questions can be answered to ensure a fair and accurate vote. I ask you to do that today.
I will continue to stand up for Republicans and demand that their rights are respected. Thank you, Chairman.”