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A Michigan bureaucrat, honored earlier this year by the state’s Democratic Party, finds herself facing six felony charges of election fraud for allegedly invalidating ballots during the 2018 election.
Per Fox News:
Sherikia Hawkins, 38, city clerk for the city of Southfield, was arrested Monday after the Oakland County ‘Clerk’s office noticed discrepancies in voter counts while certifying absentee ballots from Southfield. State police investigated and found that records had been altered so that nearly 200 voter files were improperly listed as invalid.
“Our elections are the foundation of our democracy, and under my and Attorney General [Dana] ‘Nessel’s administration there will be no tolerance for any actions that undermine that foundation — anywhere, anytime, by any person or official,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement.
According to court documents, Michigan police found that 193 absentee voter files were changed in the ‘city’s computer system to say they either had no signature or no return date, when they had both valid signatures and return dates. Police stated that after Oakland County Election Director Joseph Rozell found that Hawkins had submitted altered reports, his staff found the original ones in a trash can at the election division office.
Benson insisted that the alleged fraud did not affect the outcome of the election.
In 2017, Hawkins was listed as a member of the “40 under 40” by the Michigan Chronicle.