PILF President J. Christian Adams responded to the ruling saying in a statement: “It is astonishing that Secretary Benson is so vigorously opposing effective list maintenance.” [firefly_poll] “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,” Adams said. A review released in March by the Michigan Office of Auditor General found that the Bureau of Elections “did not perform a periodic reconciliation between the driver’s license file and the [Qualified Voter File].” Further, auditors “identified discrepancies in addresses and death status that if identified and corrected could help decrease the risk of ineligible electors voting in Michigan.” The audit team was able to identify 2,775 votes that were cast by people who were dead on election day for contests held between May 2019 and November 2020. However, in those cases 98.5 percent of the dead voters had died within 40 days of the election, meaning they were within the window of absentee ballot voting. In 2021, the PILF secured a settlement in Pennsylvania from a lawsuit similar to the one it is bringing in Michigan, resulting in the commonwealth agreeing to remove at least 21,000 dead people from its voter rolls. Michigan and Pennsylvania are both states former President Donald Trump won in 2016, but lost in 2020 to President Joe Biden. This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.
BREAKING: A court denied Michigan Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson’s effort to dismiss our lawsuit over the nearly 26,000 deceased registrants on Michigan’s voter roll. https://t.co/NeIT8oxSx1— PublicInterestLegal (@PILFoundation) August 25, 2022