State officials: No fraud in MI elections

Jan 26, 2017

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State officials say any federal investigation will not turn up widespread vote fraud in Michigan, despite unsubstantiated accusations by President Trump that millions of people voted illegally.

President Trump says illegal voting kept him from winning the popular vote, but there’s no evidence of that. State officials – who are also Republicans – say that’s certainly not true in Michigan.

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, the state’s top elections official, Michigan has done a very good job of clearing people who have died or moved from its voter files.

“If you want elections to have integrity, you have to clean up the qualified voter file, which we have done.”

But she says there is more that can be done.

Johnson says Michigan is part of a 26-state consortium that shares voter registration information. She says the federal government should order every state to join.

I’m Rick Pluta at the state Capitol