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16 Fake Electors Charged in Michigan: Who They Are and What We Know

Michigan state prosecutors have brought criminal charges against 16 Republicans who posed as fake electors in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election.

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This event marks a significant moment in the ongoing investigations into the aftermath of the 2020 election, both at the federal and state levels.

These fake electors included a mix of local activists, well-connected GOP operatives, and individuals involved in a frivolous lawsuit aimed at overturning the election results.

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Some were recruited to serve as fake electors, believing that there was still a chance for former President Donald Trump to secure a second term.

Others had more established roles within the Republican Party.

All 16 individuals have pleaded not guilty to the felony charges they are facing.

Some of them have publicly claimed that they were unaware of potentially breaking the law by signing the fake certificates, while others continue to promote the false narrative that the election was stolen.

Here’s a brief overview of some of the key individuals among the 16 fake electors and their backgrounds:

  • Meshawn Maddock: Former co-chair of the Michigan Republican Party
  • Kathy Berden: Republican National Committee member representing Michigan.
  • Marian Sheridan: Grassroots vice chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, involved in a lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results.
  • Kent Vanderwood: Current mayor of Wyoming, Michigan, and former chair of the 2nd District Republican Party.
  • Stanley Grot: Shelby Township clerk, near Detroit, appointed in 2012.
  • Amy Facchinello: Elected member of the school board in Grand Blanc, former vice chairwoman of the Genesee County Republican Party, promoted QAnon-related material on social media.
  • Mari-Ann Henry: Treasurer of the 7th Congressional District Republican Committee, involved in the Greater Oakland Republican Club.
  • Michele Lundgren: Republican nominee for a Detroit-based seat in the Michigan House of Representatives in 2022, lost the election.
  •  Clifford Frost: Realtor and unsuccessful candidate for the Macomb County Board of Commissioners in 2022, shared pro-Trump conspiracy theories on social media.
  • John Haggard: Plaintiff in a lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results in Michigan, previously served as a legitimate Trump elector in 2016. 
  • Timothy King: Plaintiff in a lawsuit to overturn the 2020 election results in Michigan.
  • Rose Rook: Member of the executive committee of the Van Buren County Republicans.
  • Mayra Rodriguez: Lawyer facing potential disciplinary proceedings related to the fake elector scheme.
  • Hank Choate: Dairy farmer who met with Trump during a White House agriculture event in 2017.
  • Ken Thompson: Replaced an original GOP elector, testified in House select committee investigation.
  • James Renner: Replaced an original GOP elector, retired police officer from Lansing.

As investigations continue, these individuals face legal consequences for their involvement in the fake elector scheme, adding to the broader conversations about the integrity of the electoral process..

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