MAJOR VICTORY! Dishonest Soros-backed SOS MI Jocelyn Benson loses appeal to overturn lawsuit that asked her to remove nearly 29,000 dead people from voter rolls.
Published on 28.8.2022
A judge struck his gavel on August 25 and knocked out at least two of Jocelyn Benson’s incisors.
It’s about two electoral integrity issues that plague Michigan’s secretary of state: Her refusal to cleanse the state’s voter rolls of nearly 26,000 people who have died — many of them over two decades — and her refusal to allow inspection of records and public data.
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“It is alarming to have to sue the Secretary of State to do her job,” said J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation. “This initial victory is the first step to ensuring deceased registrants do not receive ballots and reduce the possibility of fraud in Michigan’s election.”
The PILF gave Benson plenty of time to act. The Foundation first briefed the Secretary of State in 2020 about the nearly 26,000 registrants who died on state voter rolls. “After more than a year of inaction, PILF sued her in November 2021 to force her to remove these deceased people from the voter rolls,” Adams said. “This week we got our first win in this case.”
The 25,975 deceased persons registered on the electoral lists were in question.
23,663 registered deceased for five years or more
17,479 people registered dead for at least ten years
3,956 registered people who have died for at least 20 years.
The Western Michigan District Court denied Benson’s request to dismiss PILF’s lawsuit for failing to remove deceased registrants from state voter rolls. The court also rejected petitions from two left-wing groups to intervene. The Detroit/Downriver Chapter of the A. Philip Randolph Institute and the Michigan Alliance for Retired Americans, as well as Rise, Inc. were given an opportunity to file a response.
“The Court finds that oral arguments are not necessary to resolve the issues presented,” the judge wrote on August 25. “The court denies Secretary Benson’s motion to dismiss, grants the proposed intervenors leave to file a response, and denies their motion to intervene. »
Importance of the trial. PILF filed its lawsuit against Benson under the state voter registration law, seeking “declaratory and injunctive relief for two alleged violations of the NVRA: ‘Failure to Maintain List’ (first Count) and “Failure to Allow Inspection of Records and Data” (Count 2)”.
The NVRA requires states to have reasonable programs in place to perform list maintenance.
Benson argued that she had a reasonable program in place, so PILF should leave her office alone.
The PILF, by repeatedly documenting the SOS’s failure to remove the deceased from the state list, proved that Benson failed to reasonably update the list.
Indeed, the 11th Circuit Court’s decision sets precedent for what is not reasonable list keeping and establishes that Michigan is in violation of the NVRA.
“It’s amazing that Secretary Benson opposes effective roster-keeping so vigorously,” Adams said. “This initial victory is the first step in ensuring deceased registrants do not receive ballots and reduce opportunities for fraud in the Michigan election. »
Patrice Johnson is President of Michigan Fair Elections and of Pure Integrity Michigan Elections. She is the author of The Fall and Rise of Tyler Johnson, which won first place in the 2017 Indie National Excellence Award for New Nonfiction. Ms. Johnson has founded four successful tech companies and holds a master’s degree in English Literature from Michigan State University.