Daley issues statement on House and Senate oversight committee action on elections integrity

LANSING, Mich. — After the House and Senate oversight committees voted on Saturday to issue a subpoena to the Michigan Bureau of Elections for records regarding the elections process, State Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, issued the following statement:

“As an elected official, I have a duty to respond to concerns raised by my constituents regarding the possibility of election fraud. The integrity of our elections should be a priority for every Michigander — and many across my district have expressed their concerns over the situation we currently find ourselves in.

“The purpose of convening the House and Senate oversight committees is not to overturn the results of an election, but rather to review state processes and pursue opportunities for improvement, if necessary. The committee will use subpoena authority to ensure compliance with requests for records regarding the elections process.

“These committees are the appropriate forum to review concerns about the integrity of our elections, share information and consider changes in policy to help ensure confidence in our elections process. Earlier this year, in the peak of the coronavirus threat and subsequent concerns about the 2020 election, I introduced legislation that would have aided in ensuring a fair, secure election, but this measure was unfortunately vetoed by the governor.

“It is unfortunate that we could have had an additional safety net in place that could have mitigated some of the concerns we’re currently facing, but, in the meantime, I will continue to work with my colleagues and legal team to ensure an honest and fair election and that all legal votes are counted.

“Voting is the foundation of our system of government, and people need to have confidence in the results and that their elections are being conducted honestly. Election security is not a partisan issue. The people of Michigan deserve to know their ballots are secure and accurately counted and that our state’s voting system is held to the highest standard.”