Court rejects Michigan official’s attempt to dismiss a case regarding dead people on voter roles

Breitbart News reports that a federal court has just rejected Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s (D) motion to dismiss a lawsuit alleging that she kept tens of thousands of dead individuals on the state’s voter roles. 

The U.S. Western District Court of Michigan made the ruling on Thursday.

Background

The lawsuit comes from the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF). The group, which specializes in election integrity, conducted an investigation in which it found that Michigan’s voter rolls contained well over 25,000 dead individuals on it.

In September 2020, PILF alerted Benson of the problem. But, Benson refused to cooperate.

Over the coming year, PILF continues its investigation. Because of Benson’s refusal to cooperate, the group had to repurchase voter data reports several times in order to keep its investigation up to date. Then, in November of 2021, PILF filed a lawsuit against Benson.

In the lawsuit, PILF stated that, as of August 2021, it found that there had 25,975 dead individuals on Michigan’s voter rolls, including over 23,000 who were dead for five years or more, over 17,000 who were dead for 10 years or more, and almost 4,000 who were dead for 20 years or more.

Accordingly, PILF alleges that Michigan is in violation of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. PILF is asking for an investigation into the situation and for the cleaning up of Michigan’s voter rolls, among other things.

The latest

In response to the lawsuit, Benson filed a motion to dismiss, looking to get the case thrown out. But, the U.S. Western District Court of Michigan rejected that motion on Thursday.

The case will now proceed as planned.

J. Christian Adams, the president of PILF, put out a statement on the matter shortly after the court’s decision.

He said:

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.

It is legitimate to ask why exactly it is that Benson is so strongly opposing this effort – Why is she fighting an attempt to help clean up her state’s voter rolls? To say the least, it’s not a good look.

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