“Credible threats of violence” ahead of Michigan’s Electoral College vote have forced the state’s top lawmakers to close the legislative office buildings on Monday, The Washington Post reported.
This comes as members of the Electoral College are set to cast their ballots for president and vice president on Monday in state capitals nationwide.
Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield’s spokesman Gideon D’Assandro confirmed to the Post that the state’s House and Senate leadership consulted with the police concerning the threats, while Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey’s spokeswoman Amber McCann said the decision to close legislative offices “was not made because of anticipated protests, but was made based on credible threats of violence.”
Besides the delegates, only a few others, including the governor, will be permitted to attend, although the vote will be live-streamed.
In Arizona, another crucial battleground state, security has been boosted in the state Capitol executive tower in Phoenix, Arizona Department of Public Safety spokesman Bart Graves told The Post.
Reacting to the closure of Michigan’s legislative office buildings, Democratic state Rep. Donna Lasinski wrote on Twitter that “The meeting of the Electoral College should be a celebration of our democracy but instead has now become a target for threats, intimidation and violence.”
She added that “It is a sad fact that the shameful actions by certain Republicans to smear our democratic institutions and deny the clear will of the voters has undeniably created this dangerous, hostile atmosphere.”
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