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Michigan officials earlier this year, an award from the state Democratic party was now in front of the six felony charges for allegedly forging records and falsely marking absentee ballot as invalid during the election of 2018.
Sherikia Hawkins, 38, town clerk of the town of Southfield, was arrested on Monday according to the Oakland County Clerk’s office provided counts of discrepancies in the voters, while the certification of absentee ballots from Southfield. State police investigated and found that the records have been changed, so that almost 200 voters-files were not listed properly, as ineffective.
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“Our elections are the very Foundation of our democracy, and under my and the attorney-General [Dana] nettle administration there will be no tolerance for actions that undermine the Foundation said anywhere, at any time, by a person, or an official,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in a statement
According to court documents, Michigan-police found, to say the 193 absent voter files have been changed in the computer system of the city, they had either no signature or no return date, as they return both valid signatures, and dates. Police explained that, according to Oakland County election Director Joseph Rozell found that Hawkins had submitted modified reports, his staff found that the original in a dustbin at the election division office.
Sherikia Hawkins prior to election fraud charges. (City of Southfield)
Benson insisted that the alleged fraud has no impact on the outcome of the election.
“All valid votes cast at the election were finally counted and the final official vote total was correct,” she said, according to The Detroit News.
Hawkins’ arrest comes just a few months after may 18 of the Michigan democratic party, the dinner, the legacy is honored, where she received the Dingell/Levin Award. In the year 2017, it was listed among the “40 under 40” by the Michigan Chronicle, a organic government from its previous role as a Pontiac city clerk.
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Hawkins was charged with the falsification of records to commit in violation of state election law, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office, and in three cases, a computer, a crime. The top count carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.
She was arraigned and released Monday on $ 15,000 bond, according to a state press release. Hawkins has a probable cause conference set for Sept. 30, and a further hearing scheduled for Oct. 15.