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Michigan still has more than 25K dead people on the voter rolls, lawsuit claims

An explosive new lawsuit claims that Michigan’s secretary of state failed to remove deceased people from the voter rolls, despite multiple warnings over the course of more than a year.”This case is about ensuring that deceased registrants are not receiving ballots,” J. Christian Adams, president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF), said in a statement on the lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday, accuses Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson of violating the National Voter Registration Act of 1993.VIRGINIA COUNTY IS VIOLATING ELECTION LAW AMID GOVERNOR RACE, LAWSUIT CLAIMS”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 explained. “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.”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson
The foundation analyzed Michigan’s active voter rolls and discovered that approximately 34,000 registrants appeared to be deceased. PILF first alerted Benson to the issue in September 2020, and it repeatedly warned her to remove deceased individuals from the rolls, which Michigan and federal law allow Benson to do at any time. Benson’s office repeatedly denied PILF’s requests to inspect the office.According to the lawsuit, the foundation’s analysis revealed that as of August 2021, more than 25,975 deceased persons remained on Michigan’s voter rolls. Of those, 23,663 registrants have been dead for five years or more, while 17,479 registrants have been dead for at least ten years, and 3,956 registrants have been dead for at least 20 years.One registrant, if alive today, would be over 100 years old. Helen Gulvezan died in 2000, according to the Detroit Free Press obituary, but she remains an active voter on Michigan’s voter rolls, according to the lawsuit.
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Similarly, Theresa Domasiewicz, who would be 108 years old if alive today, remains on the voter rolls. The foundation found her obituary in the Detroit Free Press and discovered her gravestone online. 
Photo credit Pacific Legal Foundation
According to the lawsuit, Benson has violated Section 8 of the NVRA, which requires officials to “conduct a general program that makes a reasonable effort to remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters.”CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APPBenson’s office did not respond to Fox News’ request for comment by press time. 

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