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Lawsuit: Almost 26,000 Registered Voters In Michigan Are Dead

Search the internet for the terms Donald Trump and election, and invariably you’ll get responses that include words like “lies,” “misleading,” “unverified,” “without merit” and maybe even “bogus.”

But those who complain about Trump running a con by continuing to complain about a stolen election last year tend to ignore real evidence that something is, or can be, wrong with America’s elections.

On Wednesday, in reporting what it said was an exclusive, the conservative Daily Signal reported on a lawsuit that claims Michigan’s voter rolls contain the names of nearly 26,000 dead people.

The lawsuit was filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation, a conservative group whose mission is to uncover voter irregularities.

According to the Daily Signal, the PILF’s analysis indicated that almost 24,000 of the names it found in Michigan belong to people who have been dead at least five years.

Nearly 4,000 of that group died 20 or more years ago.

The PILF does not argue that people tried to use those names to vote illegally.

Yet it contends that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, who like the governor and attorney general is a Democrat, has failed to follow a mandate in federal law to keep the roster of voters clean and accurate.

“Michigan’s list maintenance activities have proven unreasonably inadequate to identify many registrants who are deceased, some of which have been deceased for a significant number of years and been published in newspaper death notices,” the PILF argued in the lawsuit.

“The foundation was able to find copies of death notices and pictures of grave markers for individuals included on the foundation’s list of likely deceased registrants.”

The foundation had made a similar claim in 2019 and sued. The matter disappeared last year when it seemed Benson’s office acted on the information provided by the PILF.

It’s unclear what sparked this new action. But the PILF’s leader maintains that the problem was not resolved.

“This case is about ensuring that deceased registrants are not receiving ballots,” J. Christian Adams, the PILF’s president, told the Daily Signal.

“For over a year, we’ve shared specific data with the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office about the alarming problem of deceased registrants on Michigan’s voter rolls.” Adams added.

“Secretary Benson has done nothing to resolve the problem and is even refusing to hand over public documents related to these failures. The failure to remove deceased registrants creates an opportunity for fraud and makes Michigan’s elections less secure.”

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