Kristina Karamo, a Republican candidate for secretary of state from Michigan, attends a rally in Dearborn last month. (Nic Antaya/The Washington Post/Getty Images/File)

Election officials in Ann Arbor, Michigan are pushing back on allegations of voter fraud by Kristina Karamo, the Republican candidate who lost her bid for Michigan’s secretary of state.

In early morning posts on Twitter and the right-wing social media platform Truth Social founded by former President Donald Trump, Karamo attacked the Ann Arbor city clerk, who oversees the election.

Karamo said voters could vote even if they arrived at the polls after 8 p.m. local time when the polls closed. She alleged voters were still registered at 10:30 p.m.

She also said a voter with an incorrect address was allowed to vote by mail and a person who now lives in Michigan was able to vote Tuesday night in Ann Arbor after their mail-in ballot was missing. didn’t come from Colorado.

Ann Arbor City Clerk Jacqueline Beaudry dismissed Karamo’s claims, saying in an email to CNN that there are “strong protocols in place to protect the integrity of our elections.”

Beaudry said there were long lines at three polling stations on election night. Voters queuing at 8 p.m. at all of these locations received a “ticket” that allowed them to vote. Staff were there to “monitor the lines and further ensure that no one joins the lines after 8 p.m.,” she said.

“Michigan residents are allowed to register and vote on Election Day,” Beaudry said, adding that voters who recently moved to the state must show 30-day proof of residency to register and vote.

Refuting Karamo’s claim that the city had not publicly released the total of mail-in ballots as of 9 p.m., Beaudry noted that the information was made available at City Hall on Election Day. .

A spokesperson for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson called Karamo’s allegations “baseless.”

“For years, election deniers have made baseless, false, and often nonsensical claims to sow doubt about the Michigan election in the minds of voters. These claims have been refuted time and time again by Republican, Democratic, and independent election officials across the state, numerous courts, and hundreds of audits, and our office will continue to debunk these claims in the days and weeks ahead.” , spokesperson Jake Rollow said. , told CNN.

But Karamo says she is only concerned about the fraud, saying: “We are not Holocaust deniers or threats to democracy.”

Benson told reporters Tuesday evening “there were no widespread or major disruptions” in Tuesday’s election and that “any minor issues were resolved quickly and without preventing voters from casting their ballots.”

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