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Group protests electoral vote at Capitol in Lansing

Posted at 10:48 PM, Dec 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-14 22:48:16-05

LANSING, MICH.  — Safety was a top concern today at the Michigan State Capitol Building, with the Capitol Commission shutting down the House and Senate office buildings, reportedly at the recommendation of law enforcement.

Things throughout the day, however, were relatively quiet.

Michigan State Police told FOX 17 they had not received any credible threats on Monday.

Protesters on the lawn of the Capitol saying they came to make their voices heard.

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“I was robbed on November 3rd. My voice was robbed,” Sue Hefling said.

Sue Hefling drove in from metro-Detroit, signs in hand.

“I want my state legislatures who are supposed to represent the people, to hear my voice,” Hefling said.

Hefling says for her, the only way she'd expect a Biden victory is if a forensic audit was conducted.

Lieutenant Brian Oleksyk with the Michigan State Police says they've seen more demonstrations this year than the last couple of years combined.

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“Our whole goal is to make the environment outside and inside a safe environment for people to come and express their constitutional rights,” Oleksyk said.

Oleksyk says they accomplished that, with no credible threats. Electors received an escort from MSP into the building.

“I can tell you, I don't know if it’s the cold weather, there are not very many people here,” Oleksyk said.

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