What’s going on in Michigan?
The Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson just issued a statement confirming that 177,000 voters have been REMOVED from Michigan’s voter rolls.
Because they want to maintain election security.
Well, that raises the question: why weren’t these voters removed BEFORE the 2020 presidential election?
If you’re going to remove them a few months later, shouldn’t they have been removed before the most important election of our lifetime?
177,000 of “voters” is a lot of people.
For perspective, Biden “won” the state of Michigan by 154,000 votes.
File this under things that make you go “Hmmmm.”
“The Michigan secretary of state removed 177,000 inactive voters from the state’s voter rolls after settling a legal challenge… The state performed the post-election audit during a legal battle with the Honest Elections Project.” #IWpol https://t.co/0lCdSWTnu1
— Independent Women’s Forum (@IWF) February 17, 2021
— plaitteri (@plaitteri) February 18, 2021
This would have never happened if it weren’t for the Honest Elections Project challenging the state of Michigan.
Michigan responded by cleaning up its voter rolls.
Again, if no foul was committed, then why did the rolls have to be cleaned up in the first place?
Here is the statement issued by Michigan Secretary of State Benson:
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced today that ongoing voter registration list maintenance and post-election audits continue to demonstrate the integrity, transparency and accuracy of Michigan elections.
“Michigan’s 2020 elections were the most secure, successful and accessible in state history. More than 5.5 million citizens voted and over 1,600 election clerks on both sides of the aisle worked tirelessly to ensure all valid ballots were counted efficiently and accurately,” said Benson. “Since November, my administration has continued to work with election officials across our state to review and strengthen all our election processes and protocols, in preparation for 2021’s local elections.”
In support of those efforts, today Benson made publicly available the list of approximately 177,000 voter registrations slated for cancellation because the state has reason to believe the voter has moved away from the registration address. These individuals either surrendered a Michigan Driver’s License to another state or had election mail returned undeliverable to an election official prior to the 2018 election. They were sent a notification prior to the 2018 election requiring a response, did not respond to the notice and did not engage in any voting activity in at least the last two federal election cycles (2020 and 2018).
To ensure that voters who still live at their registered address have an additional opportunity to prevent cancellation, the full list of voters to be cancelled is now available more than one month prior to cancellation, enabling voters and civic groups to review the list and notify local clerks of any list errors or registrations that should be updated rather than cancelled. The list can be requested by emailing ElectionData@michigan.gov. Requesting the list does not require a fee. The list does not include any information that is not publicly available through a public records request of the Qualified Voter File. It includes voter name, address and birth year. More information can be found at Michigan.gov/Vote.
“When carried out transparently, accurately and in accordance with federal law, list maintenance is an important element of ensuring Michigan’s election system remains secure,” said Benson. “The work that we are doing now will ensure the list of registered voters, which had gone over a decade without sufficient comprehensive efforts to ensure its accuracy, is updated and modernized with methods to promote integrity and prevent any eligible voter from disenfranchisement.”
Michigan voters whose registrations are cancelled can re-register at any time, including up to and on Election Day. If they conduct an identification or driver’s license transaction with the Department of State, they will be registered automatically unless they opt out of registration.
To make matters worse, these 177,000 voters that have been purged are not all.
In total, the Honest Elections Project challenged a total of 500,000 ballots.
These applications had been returned because the recipient (“voter”) had died or otherwise moved from the state.
— Janie Johnson -Fight For Freedom & Lemonade Stands (@jjauthor) February 18, 2021
The Washington Free Beacon reports that Benson admits herself that there was NOT “sufficient” accuracy in the rolls:
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D.) called the move a victory for transparency.
“Since November, my administration has continued to work with election officials across our state to review and strengthen all our election processes and protocols, in preparation for 2021’s local elections,” Benson said in a press release. “When carried out transparently, accurately and in accordance with federal law, list maintenance is an important element of ensuring Michigan’s election system remains secure.”
Benson also admitted that Michigan’s list of registered voters lacked “sufficient comprehensive efforts” to maintain its accuracy. Her office did not respond to a request for comment.
The move comes after President Joe Biden won the state by more than 100,000 votes, securing its 16 electoral votes. Benson said the state removed the voters after sending a notice prior to the 2018 elections requiring a response or some sort of voting activity. A Michigan voter who is removed from the list is able to re-register in the state before the next election.
Michigan state senator and former secretary of state Ruth Johnson (R.) said an updated voter registration roll is “the best foundation for integrity in our elections.”
“[I] think it is unfortunate that a lawsuit was needed to finally bring about what should have been routine list maintenance activities,” Johnson said.
Tony Daunt, a conservative activist recently selected to serve on the state’s election certification panel, brought the lawsuit along with the Honest Elections Project. Daunt praised the purge but said that Benson should have acted sooner.
“The National Voter Registration Act protects the franchise of every Michigan voter, and it’s disappointing—but not surprising—that it took a federal lawsuit to force Secretary Benson to comply with election law,” Daunt said.
Daunt and the Honest Elections Project filed the lawsuit in February 2020, sparking a year-long litigation process. Benson sent ballot applications to every voter in the state in May, drawing the ire of then-president Donald Trump. Approximately 500,000 of those applications were returned to the state because the recipient died or had moved. Benson said the state would examine the returned ballots after the election because of a federal law preventing the changing of voter lists in the 90 days before an election.
No matter what the media says…
No matter what Democrats say…
We all know what we saw with our own two eyes.
A lot of questionable activity surrounded the 2020 presidential election.
The Democrats could have put this all to rest by agreeing to a legitimate forensic audit of the votes.
But instead, they have resorted to secrecy and a lack of transparency.
What are they trying to hide?