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Mon May 1, 2023, 01:39 AM May 2023

These 41 officials in Michigan labeled 'ongoing threats to democracy' by watchdog group [View all]

The officials — most of them elected — were involved in anti-democratic activities such as seeking to restrict voting access, attending “Stop the Steal” rallies at the U.S. Capitol and Michigan Capitol, promoting conspiracy theories about election fraud, calling to void votes from the city of Detroit, criticizing the state certification of election results, and calling on then-Vice President to not certify the presidential election.

“In 2022, challenges to our democracy were widespread at the local level and carried out by the people we entrust with the responsibility for administering our elections,” Informing Democracy said in introducing its report. “These threats are growing in strength as misguided officials continue to peddle lies about non-existent fraud, probe for vulnerabilities in election law and process, and undermine public confidence about the security of future elections.”

The local officials include Wayne County Board of Canvassers Vice Chair Robert Boyd, Wayne County Commissioner Terry Marecki, Muskegon County Commissioners Kim Cyr and Zach Lahring, Kent County Commissioner Tom Antor, Kalamazoo County Commissioner Jeff Heppler, Calhoun County Canvasser Bonnie Kazmar, and Calhoun County Commissioner Steve Frisbie.

All of the officials were either appointed or re-elected after engaging in anti-democratic activities.


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