The Democratic Party loves the “unconventional methods” of Michigan party official Sherikia Hawkins so much that they gave her an award. Her methods were so unusual that she was arrested on six felony charges. Hawkins engaged the community in voting by “forging records and falsely marking absentee ballots as invalid” during the 2018 midterm election.
An award for election fraud
Earlier this year, Democrat party official Sherikia Hawkins was proud to accept a prize for her valuable service to the Democratic cause. She was honored with the Dingell/Levin Award for using “unconventional methods to engage the community in voting.” As they say on their website, “Sherikia takes pride in using unconventional methods to engage the community in voting.”
Those methods were a little too unconventional. The Detroit News reports that Hawkins was “charged with forging records and falsely marking absentee ballots as invalid.” The 38-year-old Southfield city clerk was arrested recently when the County Clerk in Oakland County noticed something fishy.
There were alarming “discrepancies” in the voter counts from Southfield. When police investigators did some digging, they “found that records had been altered so that nearly 200 voter files were improperly listed as invalid.”
Their Secretary of State is furious. “Our elections are the foundation of our democracy, and under my and Attorney General [Dana] Nessel’s administration there will be no tolerance for any actions that undermine that foundation — anywhere, anytime, by any person or official,” Jocelyn Benson firmly declared in a statement. Even if they do win an award.
Changes made in the computers
The court documents reveal that Michigan police discovered that 193 of the absentee voter files “were changed in the city’s computer system to say they either had no signature or no return date, when they had both valid signatures and return dates.”
When they alerted the Oakland County Election Director about the illegally altered records, Joseph Rozell’s staff “found the original ones in a trashcan at the election division office.” Despite all the evidence, her attorney argues that “it was just a technicality.” He should get an acting award just for saying that with a straight face.
Secretary of State Benson assures the voters that they caught the fraud in time and it didn’t change the election’s outcome. “All valid votes in the election were ultimately counted and the final official vote total was accurate,” she promises.
After the dust settled, Hawkins faces charges of falsifying records in violation of state election law, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime. The most severe of those charges carries a potential penalty of 14 years in prison. For now she’s on the streets, after posting $15,000 bail.