(PatriotWise.com)- Three women in Michigan have been charged with crimes regarding attempted voter fraud during the 2020 election cycle.
Dana Nessel, the state’s attorney general, and Jocelyn Benson, its secretary of state, have said the charges show when “rare” fraud in elections occurs, the safeguards Michigan already has in place put a stop to it.
In a statement, Nessel claimed:
“These cases highlight the scrutiny applications and ballots undergo throughout the election process, as well as the thorough investigative process that ensues when instances of attempted fraud are suspected.
Benson followed that up by saying in the statement:
“These charges also send a clear message to those who promote deceitful claims about widespread fraud: the current protocols we have in place work to protect and ensure the integrity of our elections. It’s time to share that truth and stop spreading lies to the contrary.”
In Michigan, procedures state that all voter fraud reports should be reported to either the Michigan Bureau of Elections or a local law enforcement office. They will investigate the claims first, and then will turn the case over to either the Department of the Attorney General or the Michigan State Police if they believe a crime has occurred.
In October of 2020, the clerk of the city of Center Line contacted the Bureau of Elections after nearly 24 applications for absentee voters were delivered to be processed. The signatures on the applications didn’t match the signatures that were on file with the Qualified Voter File, the clerk said.
A month later, investigators determined that those applications originated from the Father Muray Nursing Home. The problem was the residents on the applications never told the staff at the facility that they wanted to vote in the election that year.
After further investigation, it was discovered that a 28-year-old employee at the facility, Trenae Myesha Rainey, filled out those applications and forged the signature of residents in doing so. She’s now being charged with six different felonies for her role in the case.
In another case, the Bureau of Elections reported double voting occurred in Detroit. The city clerk reviewed an absentee ballot and found the signature didn’t match the one on file. In addition, the voter also voted on election day at his actual polling location.
The investigation in that case revealed that the grandmother of the voter returned the absentee ballot in the mail, even though her grandson ended up deciding to vote in person.
The 59-year-old grandmother, Carless Clark, said she signed her grandson’s name on the absentee ballot, saying she was concerned he wouldn’t have time to vote on Election Day. She is now being charged with two felonies for her role in that.
There was one final case in which investigators determined 55-year-old Nancy Juanita Williams tried to control the absentee ballots for incapacitated persons at a facility called Guardian and Associates.
She ended up submitting 26 absentee ballots fraudulently. She’s being charged with 28 felonies and 14 misdemeanors in five different courts.