“The Republican legislative leaders’ continued efforts to undermine public confidence in Michigan’s general election — a free, fair and secure election that has now been certified by all 83 bipartisan county boards of canvassers — are a dereliction of their duty to uphold the Constitutions of Michigan and the United States.

“Amid a public health crisis — that tragically claims more of the lives and livelihoods of Michiganders and our fellow Americans daily — the people have spoken, and their will must be honored and respected.

“Divisive political rancor, intimidation and threats of violence have no place in our democratic process and must be condemned at all levels. Shocking revelations about a plot against the life of Governor Whitmer and the increasing regularity of armed intimidation at our State Capitol — where signs are prohibited but assault weapons are welcomed — serve to underscore the severity of this situation.

“The Legislature has no role in election certification or casting Michigan’s electoral votes and must not intervene and interfere in this process. As a legislative leader, I fully expect the Republican legislative leaders to uphold our state’s constitution and stop the partisan political antics. And I also fully expect the State Board of Canvassers to do their legal duty and certify Michigan’s general election result without delay.

“The people of Michigan would greatly benefit if the energy and effort being expended to subvert our election and damage our democracy was employed on the state’s pandemic response.”