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Dear Friends and Neighbors,

In May, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced she would be mailing absentee ballot applications to each of the state’s registered voters. This created quite a stir, and concerns grew about the increased potential for voter fraud in this year’s election.

Elections are a critical part of our government on every level, and folks need to be able to trust the results — whether their candidate wins or loses.

In the weeks following the election, and still to this day, people contact me day and night, in Lansing and at home, about their skepticism following the 2020 presidential election. The widespread accusations, ranging from human errors to software glitches to outright fraud and deception, at the very least deserve our attention and a diligent look by state officials.

I admire the efforts of people who took the time to reach out to me, and I agree that something doesn’t pass the smell test. The integrity of our elections should be a priority for every Michigander — and as an elected official, I have a duty to respond to these concerns raised by folks back home in my district.

The Senate and House Oversight committees have been holding hearings to investigate claims of errors or fraud that may have affected the election results. One of the committee’s first actions was to subpoena records from the Michigan secretary of state. I believe it is our duty as legislators to provide a forum to review policies and procedures regarding our elections so we can reveal the truth, dispel myths, propose potential changes in the law and, most importantly, restore people’s confidence in our elections.

The committee will continue to meet to provide greater transparency and accountability.

I have also joined lawmakers from both the state Senate and House in requesting a full, independent forensic audit of the 2020 election results. Secretary Benson has also publicly stated that she intends to conduct several audits — I look forward to reviewing those findings as well.

To those who have contacted me in my office or on my cell phone, or who ran into me in person: I want to thank you for bringing your concerns to my attention. My colleagues and I in the Legislature serve as the voice of the people, and I promise you that I have taken these concerns to Lansing and will continue doing so.

I grew up in this community. I live, work and invest here. My family lives here. I share the same values as many of you and consider many of you to be friends. I also join many of you in wishing the reported outcome of the recent election were different, and I share the same worries about the future.

This is a once-in-a-lifetime situation. To those who have reached out to me, rest assured that my colleagues and I are doing everything we can to uncover the truth about this election — unfortunately, something of this magnitude takes time.


Rick Outman
State Senator
33rd District


Outman urges hunters to turn in heads of harvested deer for bovine TB testing

Hunting is a valued way of life in Michigan, and ensuring the health of our deer population is critical.

Deer hunters across the state are being urged to turn in the heads of harvested deer to a Michigan Department of Natural Resources (MDNR) check station or drop box for bovine tuberculosis (TB) testing this hunting season.

As of Nov. 20, Michigan was at less than 50% of its deer bovine TB testing quota required in an agreement between the United States Department of Agriculture and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development. Failure to meet the testing quota could prompt the USDA to reevaluate Michigan’s TB status, leading to additional testing requirements statewide of the state’s beef and dairy herds.

It is imperative we hit our testing quota numbers. Harvesting a large number of deer and getting the heads tested for TB can help reduce the overall population of deer with TB in areas that have a significant number of deer and will help Michigan show the USDA that we are containing the disease and working to eliminate it.

Check station and drop box locations can be found online at For more information on bovine TB, visit


Home heating help

With the winter heating season in full swing, some households may need help with their heating bills. Energy assistance programs to help prevent shut-offs include:

• Winter protection plans for senior citizens and low-income customers;
• State emergency relief;
• Medical emergency shut-off protection; and
• Shut-off protection for active duty military personnel.

Find more information at


COVID-19 resources

Below is a list of resources available to you if you need any type of assistance. Additionally, you can contact my office at any time for more information.

• General information, resources, testing locations and more:
• Coronavirus hotline for health-related questions: 1-888-535-6136 daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
• Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: 1-800-232-4636 or
• Michigan PEER Warmline for mental health support and substance abuse challenges: 1-888-733-7753 every day from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.
• National suicide prevention lifeline available 24/7: Call 1-800-273-8255, text TALK to 741741 or visit
• Small business resources: or 1-888-522-0103.


Our District

The 33rd state Senate District includes Clare, Gratiot, Isabella, Mecosta, and Montcalm Counties.

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Senator Rick Outman
4400 Connie B. Binsfeld Office Building
P.O. Box 30036
Lansing, MI 48909-7536

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