While the Left continues to push the narrative that our elections are under attack by foreign actors, fraud and malfeasance are actually happening here at home. Most recently, a Democrat party leader and city clerk in Southfield, Michigan, Sherika Hawkins, has been accused of altering hundreds of votes and has previously been involved in other close elections.
Hawkins has been charged with six felonies including falsifying returns or records, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office, and multiple counts of using a computer to commit a crime. Hawkins allegedly manipulated voter records to reflect that ballots did not contain vital identifying information such as signatures, when they in fact did. The original voter files were discovered in a trash can, leading investigators to believe that Hawkins attempted to cover-up an attempted fraud.
Hawkins is not just any average and anonymous city clerk. In May, Hawkins was awarded the Dingell/Levin award at the Michigan Democratic Party’s annual dinner. While it is too early to say for sure, this may be another case of the Democrats commending a partisan election official for committing vote fraud, as they did a few years back with Melowese Richardson (Richardson was praised by some liberals even after she admitted it and was caught).
Hawkin’s career has placed her in questionable scenarios in other elections. Per National Review, Hawkins:
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 state’s ninth congressional district in November 2010, the same election cycle that Republicans overwhelmingly reclaimed the House majority. Peters, who has has [sic] since been elected to the Senate, bested Raczkowski by just 6,405 votes out of a total 245,055 cast.
Tori Sachs, Executive Director of the Group “Michigan Rising Action” commented on Hawkins’ arrest, stating:
“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.”
While vote fraud by any election official is troubling, it does raise the troubling possibility that in part Hawkins was presented a Democrat Party award for organizing vote fraud. Hopefully, Michigan Democrats will withdraw the award but as of the day after the allegations became public, their Facebook page still has a post congratulating her.