Michigan Secretary Of State In Hot Water, Judge Rules She Broke Absentee Ballot Election Laws

In two days we’ve seen two judges rip a hole into the Democrat narrative that there was no funny business during the 2020 fall elections. 

In October 2020, well before Election Day, Robert Genetski, county of Allegan Clerk, and the Michigan Republican Party filed a lawsuit against Jocelyn Benson, Michigan Secretary of State filed a lawsuit that Benson was violating the states election laws. 

Almost five months later an after the November election a judge ruled that Benson did violate state law. 

A Michigan judge ruled that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke state law when she sent absentee ballot applications to all registered voters and her “guidance” on how to evaluate absentee ballots signatures. 

Benson’s “guidance” suggested that “slight similarities” in signatures on absentee ballots should lead a counter to decide “in favor of finding that the voter’s signature was valid.” 

Judge Christopher Murray ruled that Benson’s “guidance” broke the law “because the guidance issued by the Secretary of State on October 6, 2020, with respect to signature matching standards was issued in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act (APA).”

The court ruled: 

Nowhere in this state’s election law has the Legislature indicated that signatures are to be presumed valid, nor did the Legislature require that signatures are to be accepted so long as there are any redeeming qualities in the application or return envelope as compared with the signature on file. Policy determinations like the one at issue — which places the thumb on the scale in favor of a signature’s validity — should be made pursuant to properly promulgated rules under the APA or by the Legislature.

Benson did not have the authority to create rules on how to validate absentee ballots yet she did so anyway. 

Over 3.1 million Michigan voters cast an absentee ballot out of the 7.7 million registered voters in the state. 

The ruling is another blow to the Democrat narrative that Republican legal challenges to the 2020 election all failed. 

What really needs to be answered is why was a lawsuit launched in October 2020 that had such dire implications over the results of the election in a swing state was not decided until March of 2021 five months after the election? 

Genetski v. Benson, No. 20-… by Breitbart News

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