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. Lana Theis, R-Brighton, issued the following statement:
“I have heard from many of my constituents asking about possible election fraud. We have a responsibility as legislators to address these concerns and ensure that the process is transparent, honest and ethical.
“This year’s election is like no other. Regardless of the outcome, it is of the utmost importance that we maintain the integrity of our elections. The House and Senate oversight committees convened today to review state processes and pursue opportunities for improvement, if necessary.
“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, and we are hoping for cooperation and a non-adversarial exchange of information.
“Tensions are running high and people need a place to have their concerns heard. We worked with our partners in the House to quickly schedule a committee hearing so we can start the process of gathering input from our constituents.
“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. I look forward to working with legislators on both sides of the aisle regarding these concerns and reporting back to my constituents.”