Michigan State House and Senate offices close Monday during Electoral College vote

Vote will be live streamed to public

Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan.  (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)
Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio, File)

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan State House, Senate and Capitol buildings will be closed Monday as the Electoral College meets.

According to Rep. Darrin Camilleri, the entire legislature will be working remotely due to safety concerns during the Electoral College vote.

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Camilleri said he was not briefed on the potential threats, but said when the offices have closed in the past, it was due to threats.

Michigan Senate Deputy Chief of Staff and Press Secretary Amber McCann said Sunday night the closure was due to recommendations from law enforcement who reported credible threats of violence.

“The decision was not made because of anticipated protests, but was made based on credible threats of violence,” McCann said. “Senate leadership does not have the authority to close the Capitol. That decision is made by the Capitol Commission.”

Only those essential for the Electoral College meeting will be allowed inside the Capitol Building as the 16 electors will cast their votes Monday for President-Elect Joe Biden.

The meeting will available to the public as a live stream. You can watch the Electoral College meeting here.

Biden had won Michigan by more than 150,000 votes. The results were certified by the Board of State Canvassers Nov. 23.

The meeting will take place Monday at 2 p.m.

More: The must-read deep dive into Michigan’s 2020 election, erroneous voter fraud claims

Michigan House Democratic Leader-elect Donna Lasinski released the following statement Sunday night:

Evidence? Hearsay? Voter fraud claims in affidavits, explained

While no hard evidence has been discovered to support widespread voter fraud claims in the 2020 election, plenty of people have signed their name to sworn testimony.

Since the November election was called for Joe Biden, President Trump and his legal team have been filing countless lawsuits alleging wild scenarios of voter fraud and corruption -- basically using sworn affidavits as their main source of evidence. Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani has targeted Detroit in recent weeks, despite there being no evidence of fraud in the city.

Read more here on this subject.


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