RNC sues Michigan Secretary of State Benson over voter roll maintenance

An RNC analysis found that 76 of Michigan’s 83 counties have inflated voter rolls.

Published: March 13, 2024 12:33pm

Updated: March 13, 2024 12:41pm

The Republican National Committee on Wednesday filed a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson for allegedly not maintaining the state's voter rolls as required by federal law. 

"Election integrity starts with clean voter rolls, and that’s why the National Voter Registration Act requires state officials to keep their rolls accurate and up-to-date," RNC Chairman Michael Whatley said "Jocelyn Benson has failed to follow the NVRA, leaving Michigan with inflated and inaccurate voter rolls ahead of the 2024 election."

An RNC analysis found that 76 of Michigan’s 83 counties have inflated voter rolls, which indicates that the state has not complied with the federal law, according to the Republican group.

In addition to Benson, the lawsuit also names Michigan Bureau of Elections Director Jonathan Brater as a defendant. 

The RNC is asking the court to determine that the Michigan officials are violating federal law and to issue an order instructing the defendants "to develop and implement reasonable and effective registration list-maintenance programs to cure their failure to comply ... and to ensure that ineligible registrants are not on the voter rolls," per the lawsuit.

The case comes after Just the News found that more than 200 voter registration forms from the 2020 election in the city of Muskegon, Michigan, alone appeared to be fraudulent.  

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