Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray ruled that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke state law in issuing new rules on absentee balloting before the 2020 election.
“Michigan Court Rules Secretary of State Violated Law With Absentee Ballot Signatures,” The Daily Caller Reported.
Here are the legal papers:
Breitbart reported on the matter:
“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.”
“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.
Hall’s March 9th statement goes on:
State Rep. Matt Hall, of Marshall, today issued the following statement in response to a ruling from Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray – stating Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson violated Michigan’s Administrative Procedures Act by setting absent voter ballot signature matching guidelines prior to the 2020 election. As chair of the House Oversight Committee during the 2019-20 legislative term, Hall worked with the Senate Oversight Committee to examine Michigan’s elections processes:
“I’m glad the court sees Secretary of State Benson’s attempts at lawmaking for what they are – clear violations of her authority. 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.
“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. Unfortunately, Secretary of State Benson has a pattern of not respecting that process. She issued a mandatory directive requiring local election officials to apply a presumption of validity to all signatures on absent voter ballots, but there is nothing within state law allowing for that type of power from her position. As a result, this directive was found to be not in accordance with our laws and not valid.
“I will continue working in the Legislature to ensure people have trust in Michigan’s elections going forward.”
The ruling comes too late to affect the outcome of the 2020 presidential election.
The Michigan Republican Party, which was one of the parties that filed the legal complaint against Benson, and Jonathan Brater, director of the Michigan Bureau of Elections, expressed disappointment that the decision came too late to affect the outcome of the presidential election.
“It was clear from the outset that the Secretary of State had violated Election Law by unilaterally directing local clerks to ignore their statutory obligation to compare absentee ballot signatures,” said Ted Goodman, communications director for the state Republicans.
Michigan was not the only state to see such tactics devised to overthrow the will of the American people. The Democrats obviously a planned assault on election integrity using made-up COVID Pandemic emergency powers.
So are Americans just supposed to accept that this is the end? Everyone is waiting for an answer to that question at this point.