Skip to comments.Michigan City Clerk Charged with Altering Ballots in 2018 Midterms
Posted on 09/24/2019 2:09:07 PM PDT by MarvinStinson
Sherikia Hawkins was charged Monday with six felony counts for allegedly altering absentee ballots during the November 2018 election in her capacity as city clerk for the Detroit suburb of Southfield, Mich.
Hawkins, a 38-year-old registered Democrat, stands accused of altering 193 absentee ballots. She was arraigned Monday in Southfield on charges including falsifying returns or records, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office, and multiple counts of using a computer to commit a crime. She was released on $15,000 bond.
The alleged misconduct was discovered after the Oakland County Clerks Office noticed that 193 voter files had been changed to reflect that the voters failed to include a valid signature or return date, when all of the implicated voters had in fact included both items. The county clerks office later discovered the original voter files in the trash at the election-division office. The Michigan State Police then launched an investigation that resulted in Hawkinss arrest.
In a statement announcing the charges, Michigan attorney general Dana Nessel and secretary of state Jocelyn Benson, both of whom are Democrats, stressed that Hawkinss behavior was anomalous and did not affect any election outcomes.
Voting is fundamental to the very essence of our democracy, Nessel said during a Monday news conference. It is incumbent upon state governments to safeguard the electoral process and ensure that every voters right to cast a ballot is protected.
Hawkins, who makes $101,500 per year, has been placed on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of her trial.
The Michigan Democratic party honored Hawkins this year with the prestigious Dingell/Levin award at its annual Legacy Dinner in Detroit, and she was included in the Michigan Chronicles 40 under 40 list in 2017.
Hawkins, who has overseen a total of 16 elections in Oakland County, began working in government in 2010 as deputy city clerk for the city of Pontiac, according to her LinkedIn profile. She was serving as the Pontiac city clerk when Democrat Gary Peters won a very tight congressional race against Republican Rocky Raczkowski in the states ninth congressional district in November 2010, the same election cycle that Republicans overwhelmingly reclaimed the House majority. Peters, who has has since been elected to the Senate, bested Raczkowski by just 6,405 votes out of a total 245,055 cast.
Michigan Rising Action, a local branch of the conservative advocacy group American Rising, is now calling for a sweeping investigation into all of the elections that Hawkins has overseen in her nearly ten-year career.
The charges against Ms. Hawkins are extremely troubling and must be fully investigated. The integrity of our elections is essential to the protection of our constitutional rights and individual liberty. Michigan Rising Action is calling for a full audit of every election that Ms. Hawkins oversaw in her capacity as an elections official, Tori Sachs, the groups executive director, told National Review.
The group hopes to see the Michigan board of elections appoint an independent auditor to examine the entirety of Hawkinss professional record to ensure that previous election results werent tainted.
Secretary of State Benson described Hawkinss misconduct as rare in comments to reporters on Monday. While Hawkinss brazenly fraudulent tactics may constitute a rarity, Detroit and its surrounding suburbs have experienced multiple instances of electoral incompetence and possible fraud in recent years.
Detroit city clerk Janice Winfreys office was audited by the state in 2017 after elections supervisors discovered discrepancies between ballot boxes and voting totals in nearly 60 percent of the citys precincts. One year earlier, during the 2016 presidential election cycle, voting machines in more than one-third of Detroits precincts registered more votes than the number of registered voters in those precincts.
The Michigan secretary of states office did not immediately respond to a request for comment regarding the opening of a probe into the elections Hawkins previously managed.
Hawkins, who makes $101,500 per year, has been placed on paid administrative leave.
The Michigan Democratic party honored Hawkins this year with the prestigious Dingell/Levin award at its annual Legacy Dinner in Detroit.
Detroit city clerk Janice Winfreys office was audited by the state in 2017 after elections supervisors discovered discrepancies between ballot boxes and voting totals in nearly 60 percent of the citys precincts.
One year earlier, during the 2016 presidential election cycle, voting machines in more than one-third of Detroits precincts registered more votes than the number of registered voters in those precincts.
Yeah, with that first name..............
Who was she working in concert with?
You dont change 200 votes for on a lark - and as that wasnt enough to swing an election others WERE involved and this is evidence of a conspiracy to defraud.
Is this $100,000+ per year job now open? Is a college degree required?
Bill the Democrat Party for the wages shes been paid.
Democrats are Democrats first.
Being an American is way down on their list.
Nothing will happen to her. She’ll be back to work in no time. Dems are immune to punishment or accountability.
The AG said her actions didnt alter the outcome of the election. Of course they didnt. Trump won Michigan.
Here in Saint Lucie county Florida we too have a criminal election supervisor.
With Allen West leading by 2000 votes my election supervisor went in to her office.
Came out and announced West’s opponant was mysteriously 2000 votes ahead.
Thankfully that piece of crap was defeated in the next election.
Gotta believe dem criminal schills are prevelant in election offices country wide
My first reaction. The taxpayers want their money back. She should be made to pay back her salary from the time of the voter fraud. . .probably isn’t the first time either. There’s more than likely others who did the same. . .usually people don’t figure out these things by themselves.
This is who the president is up against in 2020. Criminals committing voter fraud.
Ugly gorilla cookie face collusion.
Jill Stein uncovered packed ballot boxes in Detroit in 2016, upon which time the judge shut down the recount. I don’t know that anyone was ever punished for it.
This was the 2018 election where we LOST the house!!!
Hang any clerk caught Ballot Harvesting.
We will lose in 2020. All the RATS are going to cheat in a big way.
The problem is Democrat Admin Judges
BAN PROOF of Voter Fraud !!!
This anomaly here just screwed up. The unseen millions is the problem.
Democrat Judges need a firing squad.
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