A Democrat official who had recently been awarded the Dingell/Levin Award by the Michigan state Democratic Party was arrested Monday for allegedly listing almost 200 absentee ballots from the 2018 midterms as invalid when they were valid, IJR reported.
The city clerk for Southfield, Michigan, Sherikia Hawkins, now faces six felony charges including forgery of a public record and misconduct in office, among others.
The original ballots were discovered in the trash and reported by law enforcement after Oakland County Election Director Joseph Rozell realized that Hawkins had sent in falsified ones. The original ballots were then counted, so that the final vote tally was accurate.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said that there would be “no tolerance” for actions that “undermine” the basis of American democracy no matter who takes those actions.
Hawkins is free on bond as she awaits trial on the charges.
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