Michigan's Republican state Senate leader accused officials in a Detroit voting center of using "reprehensible" tactics on Election Day, calling for a full and independent audit of the vote count.
Aric Nesbitt, the president pro tempore of the Michigan Senate, said his wife was at the voting center on Nov. 3. Citing his wife's account, Nesbitt said that election workers were refusing to count ballots when GOP poll observers were watching the process, and they would only count when Democrats were around.
He furthermore claimed that they allowed three times as many Democrats as Republicans to watch polls.
More than two weeks after Election Day, Nesbitt said GOP officials have not received much information. "My colleagues and I are calling for a full audit of the process to try to figure out what actually went wrong," he said.
Wayne County has not yet responded to a request for comment about Nesbitt's claims.
"There are allegations of illegal and official intimidation with lawful election challengers and poll watchers" in Michigan, Theis wrote to the Secretary of State's office, adding that more than 100 Michiganders have issued sworn affidavits about what they witnessed.
It came as two Wayne County Board of Canvassers, both Republicans, claimed they were pressured, harassed, and threatened after saying they would not vote to certify the county election results. The two later voted to certify the results but later signed affidavits to rescind their votes.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she saw no evidence of voter fraud that would overturn the election results. The head of the Federal Elections Commission, Trey Trainor, cast doubt on official claims that there was no fraud, saying he believes “there was fraud” in key states.