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Violence and disruptions biggest threats to U.S. election - Michigan official

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By Ted Hesson

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. election officials see potential violence and disruptions as the biggest threats to midterm elections in November, with misinformation fueling those concerns, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said on Sunday.

Benson, a Democrat, said election officials from both parties are working with law enforcement officials to protect the Nov. 8 elections and make clear there will be consequences for those who try to interfere.

"We are, in many ways, even more prepared this year than ever before," she said on CBS's "Face the Nation."

Michigan, a swing state, has become the focus of several high-profile criminal cases linked to elections in recent years.

In the run-up to the 2020 presidential election, alleged militia members were arrested for plotting to kidnap Democratic Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer. Two of the 13 suspects were convicted in August.

Earlier this year, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, also a Democrat, launched a statewide investigation into alleged illegal breaches of vote tabulators.

The investigation followed breaches of local election systems by Republican officials and activists trying to prove former President Donald Trump's unsupported claims of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

Authorities in Michigan are currently investigating how a piece of state voting machinery recently surfaced for sale on eBay (NASDAQ:EBAY), Benson said on Sunday, adding that it may have been accidentally discarded.

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Jamie Kent
Jamie Kent Sep 06, 2022 6:34AM ET
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false flag incoming....
Gordon Edgett
Gordon Edgett Sep 04, 2022 6:59PM ET
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Benson is already planning on what is going to happen. She is not trying to hide it.
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Roger Miller Sep 04, 2022 5:57PM ET
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It will be if the Democrats get their unofficial Antifa and BLM foot soldiers riled up again like they did in 2020.
 
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