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Michigan charges false electors

State of Michigan

Sixteen Republicans who allegedly tried to falsely award Michigan's electoral college voters to former President Donald Trump in 2020 are now facing criminal charges.

Prosecutors allege the group knowingly signed and submitted a letter claiming to be electoral college members for Trump — despite him losing the state by over 150,000 votes.

Attorney General Dana Nessel says she couldn't let that go unchecked.

"Undoubtedly, there will be those who claim these charges are political in nature, but where there is overwhelming evidence of guilt in respect to multiple crimes, the most political act I could engage in as a prosecutor would be to take no action at all," she says.

The defendants each face eight felony counts, including forgery and election law forgery.

The longest sentence associated with the charges is 14 years.

Colin Jackson is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network.