A rock star activist is facing federal charges for fixing the election in 2018 in Detroit while working as a Southfield City Clerk and she is charged with six felony counts over “unauthorized and inaccurate” changes to absentee ballots.
OAKLAND COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan State Police have arrested a recently celebrated Democratic Party official on several felony charges related to voter discrepancies. The Michigan official who earlier this year received an award from the state’s Democratic Party is now facing six felony charges for reportedly forging records and falsely marking absentee ballots as invalid during the 2018 election, reported The Detroit News.
Sherikia Hawkins, 38, city clerk for the city of Southfield, was arrested Monday after the Oakland County Clerk’s office noticed discrepancies in voter counts while certifying absentee ballots from Southfield. State police investigated and found that records had been altered so that nearly 200 voter files were improperly listed as invalid.
According to the city of Southfield, Hawkins is a celebrity activist:
“She is currently the City Clerk for the City of Southfield, Michigan, making history in November of 2017 as the first African-American elected to that post. She is one of the rising leaders in the metropolitan area, making a mark through her professional acumen, public affiliations, and a personal desire to see all residents in the City of Southfield thrive. Driven by an innate desire to excite her community about civic engagement, Sherikia has over 16 years of public administration experience. She is committed to voter education and registration initiatives.
Hawkins is an active member in various organizations including, but not limited to, the International Institute of Municipal Clerks, National Congress of Black Women, NACCP Northern Oakland County Branch, Women’s Official Network, Southfield MLK Task Force, and Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc. She is also an adjunct faculty member at Oakland Community College, where she teaches Political Science. She is a member of the Cranbrook Village North Neighborhood Association.
Sherikia is a recipient of numerous awards, including the 2017 Michigan Chronicle 40 under 40 Award, The 2017 Oakland County Executive Elite 40 under 40 award, The 2018 Michigan Chronicle Woman of Excellence Award, The 2018 sisters National Leadership Award powered by the Black Woman’s Roundtable, and the 2018 MSUBA Distinguished Terry Young Trailblazer Alumni Award. She’s also was a recipient of the 2019 Dingell/Levin Award.”
“Our elections are the foundation of our democracy, and under my and Attorney General [Dana] Nessel’s administration, there will be no tolerance for any actions that undermine that foundation — anywhere, anytime, by any person or official,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a statement.
According to court documents, Michigan police found that 193 absentee voter files were changed in the city’s computer system to say they either had no signature or no return date when they had both valid signatures and return dates. Police stated that after Oakland County Election Director Joseph Rozell found that Hawkins had submitted altered reports, his staff found the original ones in a trashcan at the election division office.
Hawkins was charged with falsifying records in violation of state election law, forgery of a public record, misconduct in office, and three counts of using a computer to commit a crime. The top count carries a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison, Fox News reported. She was arraigned on Monday and released on a $15,000 bond, according to a state press release. Hawkins has a probable cause conference set for Sept. 30, and another hearing scheduled for Oct. 15.
Despite what looks like a ton of evidence pointing toward Hawkins, her attorneys said it was just a technicality, WXYZ reported.