The issue of election integrity is one of the hottest in the political sphere. And with the midterm elections coming up quickly, voters are more anxious than ever to nail down the reliability of our systems.
The courts continue to hear cases related to election fraud and other problems as well. This includes accusations of dead voters remaining on registered voter rolls, which is a serious offense.
That’s why one judge won’t allow such a case to be thrown out.
In November of last year, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) came under fire for allegedly keeping thousands of dead registered voters on the state’s voter rolls.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) quickly filed suit against her. If the accusations are accurate, Benson would be guilty of violating the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA).
Unsurprisingly, Benson fought back and asked the court to throw out the case.
But the judge won’t allow it. According to a ruling this week, a Michigan court rejected her plea, which means the case must continue. If Benson is found guilty, this could seriously damage her position in the state legislature.
The U.S. Western District Court of Michigan denied a plea by Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) that sought to halt a lawsuit alleging she kept nearly 26,000 dead registrants on the state’s voter rolls.
The lawsuit alleges that Benson kept 25,975 dead registered voters active on the rolls, most of whom have been dead for 5 years or more. Nearly 4,000 have been gone for at least 20 years.
PILF has successfully argued similar cases in the past:
In 2021, the group got Pennsylvania Democrat state officials to take off thousands of dead registered voters. That involved at least 21,000 dead registrants, so the two situations are almost identical in terms of scope.
Said PILF President J. Christian Adams:
It is astonishing that Secretary Benson is so vigorously opposing effective list maintenance.
It’s remarkable that after sharing this data with the Secretary of State in 2020, dead registrants remained on the state’s voter rolls.
This initial win is the first step to ensuring that deceased registrants are not receiving ballots and reducing the opportunity for fraud in Michigan’s elections.
Before the midterm elections get here, it’s important for voters to feel as if their ballots are being properly received and counted.
They also want to ensure that the system itself is free of cracks and other mistakes, such as dead voters remaining on the roles. That has been a problem for years, according to various reports around the country.
Then there’s the issue of drop-boxes for ballots, which some states are making illegal.
Former President Donald Trump maintains his claim that the 2020 election was “rigged” or “stolen,” and millions of U.S. voters don’t have faith in the system. This poses a big problem for any republic.
If we’re going to have fair and accurate elections, we certainly need all these cases properly investigated and resolved.
- A Michigan court rejected Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s request to throw out a voter-related lawsuit.
- The suit alleges that Benson kept almost 26K dead registrants on the state’s voter polls.
- It’s an important case regarding election integrity, and tackles a common problem in the country (dead voters remaining on active rolls).