GOP Demand Probe After Sharing Video Showing Unlocked Ballot Box in Michigan
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Mail-in balloting, which has been touted by many Democrats as a safer way to vote amid the coronavirus pandemic, has faced intense criticism from some Republicans, who, led by President Donald Trump, suggest that the practice could lead to election fraud.
Michigan Republicans called for a probe into a video that showed an unlocked ballot box with a single election-related mailing in it located in the city of Lansing.
Cox described the video that showed that “the box was, in fact, unlocked”. In a separate statement, she urged Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to carry out an investigation.
According to MIGOP, the footage was filmed on 25 September, revealing what “could have possibly been a ballot” inside. The party acknowledged that, upon further review, it appears that the envelope “may not have been an absentee ballot”.
Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, commenting on the matter, initially said that the video was recorded before any absentee ballots were mailed to voters by his office. He also called the video shared by the Republicans “disingenuous”, only to later announce that the election box is now “out of order”.
One of the two videos released by the GOP showed a man opening the election box and revealing a single ballot inside.
Another video showed an election serviceman struggling to open the box and secure it.
A long-used and common practice in the US, voting by mail sparked heated debate between some Democrats and Republicans, with Dems championing the method as a safe way to vote amid coronavirus-related health restrictions, and the latter claiming that mail-in ballotting would potentially lead to election fraud.