The FBI is reportedly investigating after a whistleblower in Detroit claimed that poll workers were instructed to change the receipt date on ballots received after the deadline.
According to Just The News, the FBI’s involvement was confirmed by a “senior law enforcement official in Washington,” who said, “The FBI is investigating.”
Whistleblower referred to US Attorney
According to a statement from Michigan GOP chairwoman Laura Cox, the whistleblower alleges that they were directed by city and state officials to backdate ballots that arrived after the election deadline. According to Michigan law, ballots must be received by 8 p.m. Election Day to be valid.
“The MIGOP has referred a whistleblower case to the U.S. Attorney in which a city of Detroit employee was directed to change the date of receipt, in the official election record on ballots which had been received after the deadline,” Cox said in a statement Friday. “This directive allegedly came from both City and State employees who were working at the TCF center.”
However, Chris Thomas, a former elections director who is helping with the process in Detroit, dismissed the allegation. He told The Detroit News that the date corrections were due to “clerical errors” and did not involve any late ballots.
Report: GOP poll watchers denied access
Cox also said that Detroit officials hindered Republican poll watchers from observing the process, as is their right. “These allegations are highlighted by the city of Detroit’s attempt to block Republican poll challengers from supervising this process,” Cox said in the statement.
“The City of Detroit intentionally deceived the media about the presence of Republican poll challengers by continuing to count Republican poll challengers who had left the building in their official total, and not allowing replacements to fill the vacancies. They had no sign-out process and knowingly created a system where we were not permitted to have the number of challengers that we are legally obligated to.”
“It is an outrage what is happening in the City of Detroit right now,” Cox was quoted as saying in a separate Michigan GOP statement issued on Thursday. She is now calling for a “full investigation of the election operation in Detroit, which has been compromised to its core.”
Republicans vow to investigate
Republicans and the Trump campaign say they will be looking into all allegations of election irregularities.
“We intend to ensure that … any irregularities that have occurred, whether by malicious intent or incompetence, are fully investigated to the fullest extent allowed under the law,” RNC chair Ronna McDaniel said in a press conference with Cox on Friday. “We will not give up until every last issue has been resolved.”
To that end, “the RNC has deployed legal teams in four states, including Michigan,” McDaniel said. Watch:
ICYMI: Watch our Press Conference from earlier todayhttps://t.co/MCN2ICnQbL
— Laura Cox (@MIGOPChair) November 6, 2020