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A sign placed on the walkway to a neighborhood polling place on election day in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. ( Jillian Cain/GettyImages) Joe Biden won the 2020 presidential election in Michigan. But our election system still has problems that need fixing.

Let me start with this: I was disappointed in the results of the 2020 election. I wanted President Donald Trump to win. Not only did I vote for President Trump both times; I was also honored to be invited to the White House with a select group of state and local elected officials in October 2019, and I was a national delegate for then-candidate Trump at the 2016 convention.

When the Michigan Senate Oversight Committee began its investigation of the presidential-election results last November, I was caught between two hopes: hope that my candidate won and hope that the fundamental unit of our democracy, our election system, was secure.

Over the past seven months, we have painstakingly reviewed every claim presented to us about the 2020 election in Michigan. We listened to nearly 30 hours of public hearings; heard testimony from 87 eyewitnesses, experts and concerned citizens, including the CEO of Dominion Voting Systems and those leading the way on claims of election fraud; reviewed more than 400 pages of written statements; and subpoenaed key documents from the Michigan secretary of state and the cities of Detroit and Livonia.

The outcome reflects nothing more than our investigation of Michigan and the vulnerabilities of that system. While every U.S. state has some similarities, each individual state is quite different. My colleagues and I never intended to chart a national course. We did our best to investigate every avenue presented to us, with special care given to the first-hand reports of what happened at now-famous locations such as Antrim County and the TCF Center in Detroit, where serious fraud was alleged. What we found was an especially complex and dynamic set of circumstances. While there are real vulnerabilities in Michigan’s voting system, there was no evidence of systemic or widespread fraud in Michigan’s 2020 election.

But the legitimacy

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