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A Washington, D.C.-based watchdog has obtained a copy of the fraudulent electoral certificate that Michigan supporters of former President Donald Trump submitted to Congress in December, with Trump backers from six other states appearing to use the same template in their attempt to overturn the election results.
American Oversight is a legal watchdog organization that primarily focuses on investigations and litigation targeting Republicans, particularly those related to the former Trump administration.
Michigan’s legal slate of Democratic electors met on Dec. 14 in the state Capitol to submit their Electoral College votes. All 16 voted unanimously for now-President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, who won Michigan over Trump by more than 154,000 votes.
A small group of Trump supporters had rallied outside the Michigan Capitol during the process and unsuccessfully tried to enter the building. The Republicans also attempted to submit a fake slate of Trump-supporting electors to Capitol police, which is not legal.
The sham electoral certificate they tried to pass along was published by American Oversight on Tuesday, along with identical “certificates” from Trump supporters in Arizona, Georgia, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.
All invalid certificates list every “elector” as having voted for Trump and former Vice President Mike Pence. In Michigan, the 16 signees include Michigan RNC National Committeewoman Kathy Berden, who served as chair; Michigan GOP Co-Chair Meshawn Maddock; and Stan Grot, the Shelby Township clerk at the heart of a payoff scandal at the Michigan GOP alleged by former Chair Laura Cox.
Former Secretary of State and current Wayne State Board of Governors Member Terri Lynn Land was replaced on the slate.
Maddock is married to state Rep. Matt Maddock (R-Milford), who was one of 19 state and federal lawmakers who backed an unsuccessful lawsuit to overturn the presidential election. The Maddocks were in Washington to protest the Jan. 6 Electoral College certification in Congress. Thousands of pro-Trump activists launched an insurrection marked by violence and looting and delayed the certification for several hours.
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