Sen. MacDonald comments 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, Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, issued the following statement:

“Free and fair elections are the foundation of our system of government, and we owe it to every Michigan resident to ensure the integrity of our elections. When concerns about election problems are raised by our constituents, we have a duty to look into them and hear from the public about ways to address those concerns.

“As a member of the Senate Oversight Committee, I take my responsibility seriously. Our efforts are not to change the outcome of the election. We are reviewing our election processes, and if necessary, we’ll work on solutions to improve the system and ensure the public’s confidence in our elections.

“The committee’s use of its subpoena authority for critical elections materials is meant to ensure we have all the information necessary to provide proper oversight.

“For our democracy to work, the people of Michigan need to be able to trust that our elections are conducted fairly and honestly — and an important part of the trust is having confidence that votes are secure and accurately counted.”