Some Macomb County residents want a woman who witnessed the Capitol uprising and denied the results of the 2020 presidential election removed from the clerk’s office.

Genevieve Peters is working with departments to train them, Clerk Anthony Forlini said. She also helped recruit poll workers.

“She’s in an awkward position that she shouldn’t be in. It completely undermines the integrity of our elections,” civil rights lawyer Huwaida Arraf said.

Macomb County Commissioner Antoinette Wallace said she has received several calls from concerned citizens.

“People are worried that their ballots won’t really be counted. It was yesterday that I got this phone call: ‘I returned my absentee ballot, but I really don’t think it will be counted, I don’t think my vote counts’, and that’s a concern,” Wallace said.

Forlini defends Peters.

“They don’t know Genevieve Peters. Genevieve has been a great employee,” he said. “She doesn’t work for elections, she works for the registry of deeds, she works with all the different departments that we have. Remember we only have four staff in the elections department, but I think that some of these concerns are unfounded.”

He said Peters’ opinions from 1 ½ ago had no impact on his work.

“There is no concern. First of all, she is not in the election. Even if she was, who better to have than someone who cares about the election and who cares about the good conduct of the elections? I can tell you that Geneviève has been an excellent employee and is a matter of electoral integrity and that is what I am, ”said Forlini.

Protesters do not believe Forlini’s support is enough to allay concerns.

“Maybe she should come out and support him as much as he supported her and say, ‘I’m sorry’ or ‘I was wrong’, or maybe she didn’t l I feel like I was wrong in any way, but I think we should hear this because, like I said, voters are nervous,” Wallace said.