Michigan AG acknowledges investigation into 2020 potential voter fraud, referral to FBI

The attorney general's office confirmed that among 8,000 to 10,000 voter registration forms submitted to the Muskegon clerk before the 2020 general election, some were suspected to be fraudulent.

Published: August 16, 2023 6:19am

Updated: August 16, 2023 6:20am

Nearly three years after the 2020 presidential election, Americans are still learning facts about possible nationwide voter fraud. In Michigan, Attorney General Dana Nessel's office has now confirmed that there was a state investigation into thousands of suspected fraudulent voter registrations, which was referred to the FBI.

Danny Wimmer, Nessel's press secretary, told Just the News on Tuesday that among 8,000 to 10,000 voter registration forms that were submitted to the Muskegon clerk before the 2020 general election, some were suspected to be fraudulent.

"An organization turned in some thousands of voter registrations throughout the fall of 2020, estimated on the high end to be cumulatively 8-10,000, and some within those batches were found to be suspicious or fraudulent," Wimmer said. "There were legitimate registrations within the batches. The city clerk receiving the batches alerted authorities when she began noticing irregularities.

"None of the fraudulent material was incorporated into the state’s qualified voter file, and this had no effect on any ballot requests or associated processes.  This attempted fraud was detected because the system worked."

The 2020 investigation into the potential voter fraud made news last week when The Gateway Pundit highlighted police reports regarding the probe.

Wimmer told The Detroit News last week that the "attempted fraud" was stopped prior to Election Day because the state election system worked and the applicants were not added to the voter rolls.

"The city clerk in Muskegon detected the fraudulent material provided and alerted the proper authorities," the Michigan AG's office said in a statement. "A thorough investigation was conducted by multiple agencies within the state and no successful fraud was perpetrated upon the state’s election process or qualified voter file."

The state investigation was made public in October 2020, after the Muskegon city clerk reported the potential fraud to the state Bureau of Elections, which then referred the issue to Nessel and state police. Muskegon police also investigated the potential fraud with the state police.

The AG's press secretary explained to The Detroit News that state officials referred the unresolved investigation to the FBI since it has national jurisdiction. Wimmer told Just the News, "The case was referred to the FBI in March of 2021."

When asked about the investigation, the FBI National Press Office told Just the News on Thursday that their “standard practice [is] to neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation.”

The Michigan investigation is the latest revelation regarding the 2020 presidential election in recent months.

In July, irregularities that occurred during the Fulton County 2020 election audit were revealed. The errors found by the investigators amounted to about 3,000 extra absentee votes counted for Joe Biden during the audit, according to a rough estimate by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. However, it was not used for the state's certified vote count. The overall audit count was close to the official machine results. The paper also said that the finding did not change the outcome showing Biden defeated Trump in Georgia.

There is also an ongoing lawsuit regarding alleged counterfeit ballots that were included in the 2020 absentee election results in Fulton County. The case was dismissed last summer but reinstated earlier this year following a ruling by the Georgia Supreme Court that redefined what constitutes "standing" for a party to bring a lawsuit, including voters.

Allegations of electoral election irregularities from the 2020 presidential election are also related to the latest federal indictment against former President Donald Trump, which claims that he conspired “to overturn the legitimate results of the 2020 presidential election by using knowingly false claims of election fraud to obstruct the federal government function by which those results are collected, counted, and certified.”

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