Michigan Secretary of State Sued for Failing to Remove Dead From Voter Rolls

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A good-government radical is suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for refusing to region dormant registrants from her state’s elector rolls and for refusing to supply documents regarding her agency’s efforts to region them from those rolls.

The Indianapolis-based Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) filed a national suit Nov. 3 against Benson, a Democrat successful bureau since 2019, for alleged violations of Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA) of 1993, successful U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Section 8 of the NVRA requires the authorities to “conduct a wide programme that makes a tenable effort to region the names of ineligible voters from the authoritative lists of eligible voters by crushed of … the decease of the registrant,” the ineligible complaint states.

Benson’s “violations of the NVRA person harmed and proceed to harm and frustrate the Foundation’s intent of protecting the integrity of the electoral process, ensuring that close and existent elector registration rolls are maintained, and educating the nationalist astir the same.”

“The Foundation’s expenditure of important clip and wealth successful Michigan seeking to rectify Defendant’s nonaccomplishment to cleanable up the elector rolls by removing the surfeit of deceased registrants from specified rolls has besides forced the Foundation to divert its constricted resources from different states with akin issues,” the ailment states.

Involved successful left-wing authorities earlier assuming office, Benson, formerly a instrumentality professor, antecedently worked for the Democratic National Committee, NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund, National Public Radio, and the Southern Poverty Law Center, according to Ballotpedia.

PILF describes itself arsenic “the nation’s lone nationalist involvement instrumentality steadfast dedicated wholly to predetermination integrity,” existing “to assistance states and others to assistance the origin of predetermination integrity and combat against lawlessness successful American elections.”

According to PILF’s research, determination were much than 25,975 deceased registrants on Michigan’s elector rolls arsenic of August this year.

Of that total: 23,663 registrants have been dormant for five years oregon more; 17,479 registrants have been dormant for astatine slightest a decade; and 3,956 registrants have been dormant for astatine least 20 years.

PILF discovered 2 deceased registrants, who, if they were live today, would beryllium 100 and 108 years old, respectively.

PILF President J. Christian Adams said his enactment filed suit to support electoral integrity.

“This lawsuit is astir ensuring that deceased registrants are not receiving ballots,” Adams said successful a statement.

“For implicit a year, we’ve shared circumstantial information with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office astir the alarming occupation of deceased registrants connected Michigan’s elector rolls. Secretary Benson has done thing to resoluteness the occupation and is adjacent refusing to manus implicit nationalist documents related to these failures. The nonaccomplishment to removed deceased registrants creates an accidental for fraud and makes Michigan’s elections little secure.”

The Epoch Times reached retired for remark to Benson spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer but did not person a reply arsenic of property time.

Matthew Vadum

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Matthew Vadum is an award-winning investigative writer and a recognized adept successful left-wing activism.

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