Original Case Details
A city clerk who served the city of Southfield faces felony charges for allegedly altering voter file records during the 2018 elections. The clerk, Sherikia Hawkins is accused of altering 193 voter records that were under her control as a city clerk. The Oakland County Clerk’s Office noticed the irregularities during the 14-day canvass period that followed the 2018 election. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has stressed that all the votes that were made were actually counted, and that Hawkins’ alleged activity did not affect the outcome of the election in any way. When an absentee ballot makes it to the clerk’s office, it is supposed to be logged into the qualified voter file. The clerk is then supposed to check to make sure the entries made are valid and correct. Oakland County Elections Director Joseph Rozell noticed that ballot summary sheets were blank and contacted Hawkins to ask why. After speaking with her, it was his belief that Hawkins switched the original reports with altered reports. Records allegedly indicate that Hawkins’ username and computer were the source of the alterations to the records. Hawkins is the first African American to be elected as Southfield city clerk.