Lansing prepares for the November 2nd election as protesters continue to dispute the 2020 results
Weeks ahead of a new round of local elections in Michigan, supporters of former President Donald Trump protested outside the Capitol on October 12 to demand a forensic examination of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Voters in Lansing and other area parishes will cast their votes on November 2nd in elections that will include a variety of races for local government and tax issues.
The officials of the state elections did not find any significant problems in their reviews of the 2020 election results. The city of Lansing conducted a “risk-limiting review” after the 2020 election and found no problems in the local elections, said Brian Jackson, Lansing deputy city clerk.
A low-risk audit uses statistical methods to confirm that the reported election results are correct and to uncover possible anomalies due to human error, possible tampering, cyberattacks or other factors, the office said.
“This is the gold standard for auditing,” said Jackson.
By October 14, the city’s public order office had issued 15,257 postal ballot papers for the November 2021 elections. For the election in November 2017, the Ordnungsamt only issued 6,431 ballots.
“One of the things that encourage me is the increase in the number of voters,” said Jackson.
Jackson hopes this trend will continue. However, some of the protesters calling for last year’s elections to be scrutinized remain concerned about the validity of the state’s election.
“These voices and their placement need to be thoroughly investigated,” said Angie Beagle, who hosted a “Stop the Steal!” Panel. Sign at the protest on October 12th. “We are asking the state of Michigan to do a forensic review of the election results. Other states have done it, and Michigan should do it too. ”
Beagle named audits in Arizona, Pennsylvania and Texas as possible models.
Beagle said she hopes an attempt known as the AuditMI will petition a forensic review.
Local college student Jesse Ward said he came to the Capitol after class to see what was going on.
“I didn’t see much about it on the news other than a few articles on Google, so I was interested to see what was going on,” said Ward. “There were a lot fewer people than I expected. I got there around 2:45 am, maybe there were 50 people at most. It seemed as if everyone had packed up and went home. “
The event organizers said the crowd reached about 1,000 people.
Amanda Pope, a native of the Lansing area, was one of the few counter-demonstrators in the Capitol.
“I don’t really see the point in these people protesting.” said Pope. “Even if you get your way and don’t do anything, nothing will happen. President Biden has been in office for nine months. They won’t just kick him out and bring Trump back to power.
“I’m not even sure if a forensic exam is even a thing. I’ve tried researching what it entails and I can’t find anything. It could only be two words that they put together because it sounded good. “