I think it’s time for a recount in Michigan.
Or, simply a redo election that actually follows the law.
Michigan was one of the critical states that helped Biden “win” the election but also had massive fraud relating to absentee ballots.
Sighting fears of the COVID-19 pandemic, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson made sweeping unilateral orders that blatantly violated state election law.
Her orders included sending absentee ballots to all registered voters and “guidance” on the evaluation of signatures for absentee ballots.
The problem is that she had absolutely ZERO authority to do so.
That has to go through the State Legislature.
President Trump warned for months that this was clearly unconstitutional but Democrats and the Fake News Media wrote it off as “voter suppression.”
Well, I’d make the case that it’s voter suppression against citizens who legally voted in the election.
And months after the election, now we suddenly hear from a Michigan judge that Trump was right all along.
What a shocker?
A Michigan judge ruled Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke state law when she unilaterally issued rules related to absentee balloting. https://t.co/C0wDw0KqPD
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) March 16, 2021
Months after it would have made a difference, a judge has ruled that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke the law when she unilaterally issued directives related to absentee balloting in the 2020 election, Breitbart reported.
— American Greatness (@theamgreatness) March 16, 2021
BREAKING REPORT: Michigan judge rules secretary of state VIOLATED ELECTION LAW by unilaterally changing absentee voting rules…
— Chuck Callesto (@ChuckCallesto) March 17, 2021
Finally. Michigan judge rules the election rules set by SOS Benson were illegal.https://t.co/iy37CaYnLR
— David J Harris Jr (@DavidJHarrisJr) March 17, 2021
If the election was fair — why did a Michigan judge just rule the secretary of state broke the law by unilaterally changing absentee voting rules?
— Paul A. Szypula, US Senate Candidate for NY in ‘22 (@Bubblebathgirl) March 17, 2021
The Michigan Secretary of State’s absentee ballot order was ILLEGAL according to a Michigan judge.
This vindicates one of the key claims of the Trump campaign.
This should be front page EVERYWHERE.https://t.co/IQEN8g75KF
— Alex Marlow (@AlexMarlow) March 16, 2021
A State Court of Claims judge has ruled invalid Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's guidance to Michigan clerks to presume the accuracy of absentee ballot signatures. https://t.co/cloOYijXO4
— The Detroit News (@detroitnews) March 15, 2021
I’m still waiting for that redo election in Michigan since this clearly wasn’t a fair election.
But you know Democrats would never wish to see a fair election.
Breitbart covered the story:
Benson issued several unilateral orders during the 2020 election including sending absentee ballot applications to all registered voters. She also issued “guidance” on how to evaluate absentee ballots, a move Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray held violated the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.
In the guidance, Benson said “slight similarities” in signatures on absentee ballots should lead a counter to decide “in favor of finding that the voter’s signature was valid.”
Murray ruled Benson violated 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).”
“I’m glad the court sees Secretary of State Benson’s attempts at lawmaking for what they are — clear violations of her authority,” Michigan state Rep. Matt Hall (R) said in a statement.
“If she wants to make changes like these, she needs to work with the Legislature or properly promulgate them through the laws we have on the books — in this case the Administrative Procedures Act,” he continued.
Murray’s ruling came after Allegan County Clerk Bob Genetski sued Benson and state Director of Elections Jonathan Brater over Benson’s order which Hall described as a “mandatory directive requiring local election officials to apply a presumption of validity to all signatures on absent voter ballots.”
According to the suit, Genetski argued “the presumption contained in the guidance issued by defendant Benson will allow invalid votes to be counted,” but Genetski did not allege “that this guidance caused him to accept a signature that he believed was invalid.”
The court’s opinion concluded:
…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.
Like other progressive secretaries of state, Benson put an aggressive emphasis on voting by absentee ballot in the name of safety amid the Chinese coronavirus pandemic.
Over 3.1 million Michigan voters cast an absentee ballot out of a possible 7.7 million voters, WWMT News reported.
In May 2020, Benson used $4.5 million in funds from the CARES Act — the original coronavirus stimulus — to send absentee ballot applications to all voters, according to Breitbart News.
“By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Benson said according to NBC 25.
“Voting by mail is easy, convenient, safe, and secure, and every voter in Michigan has the right to do it,” she continued.
Hall noted, “The Legislature is an equal branch of government charged with crafting laws. This is not the role of the Secretary of State, and there is a clear process that must be respected.”
Signature validation rules created without the approval of a legislature was one of the issues the Trump campaign and Republicans claimed was done illegally in the 2020 election.
Trump’s campaign and Republicans argued in cases nationwide that Article II of the Constitution requires state legislatures to make the rules governing presidential elections, and state election officials and courts lack the authority to change those rules.
Murray’s ruling undercuts the Democrat narrative that Republican legal challenges to 2020 election procedures were without merit and had therefore all been rejected by the courts. The original suit was filed October 6, 2020 — prior to the presidential election — but was not decided until March 9, 2021.
How convenient that they waited until two months after Biden took office to basically rule one of the most critical states invalid?