(Tea Party PAC) – After all of the seemingly endless irregularities that took place during the highly controversial 2020 presidential election and all of the questions surrounding how ballots were handled and counted, a Michigan judge has ruled that the Secretary of State (pictured at top) directed city clerks to ignore a signature matching law on absentee ballots that were cast in the most recent election.
Unfortunately, this bit of information comes far too late to do anything that could possibly rectify the situation. Donald Trump had the election stolen from him and he has been replaced as commander-in-chief by Joe Biden. Had this information about Michigan’s secretary of state come out sooner, perhaps the electoral votes would have made a huge difference in the outcome of things.
According to the folks over at Gateway Pundit, a 2019 lawsuit was filed in the state of Michigan by attorney Mark Elias who works for the Democrat’s law firm Perkins Coie, representing the progressive group, Priorities USA, which stated that signature verification was illegal because it disenfranchised voters.
However, a new ruling in a completely different case in the state of Michigan reveals that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson probably agreed with this sentiment.
“State Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray has ruled invalid Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s guidance issued to Michigan clerks in early October that instructed them to presume the accuracy of absentee ballot signatures,” The Detroit News Reports.
“Because Benson did not go through the proper rule-making process when issuing the guidance, clerks do not need to comply with it for future elections, Murray ruled last week,” the report continues.
“The presumption is found nowhere in state law,” Murray went on to write “The mandatory presumption goes beyond the realm of mere advice and direction, and instead is a substantive directive that adds to the pertinent signature-matching standards.”
“The Michigan Republican Party, one of the plaintiffs in the suit, celebrated the decision but noted it came too late to make a difference in the November election,” it added.
Many Michigan Republicans say they were absolutely certain that Benson had violated Michigan election law right from the beginning, but it seems that all of the evidence to support this was swept under the rug and ignored all the up to the point where it would no longer make a difference in the 2020 presidential race.
“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,” Ted Goodman, the communications director for the state’s Republican Party said.
Law in Michigan requires that clerks match required signatures on absentee ballot applications and absentee ballot envelopes with the voter’s signature on them to make sure that the individual is who he or she says they are.
However, a flaw in this particular law seems to be the fact that it doesn’t explain what is meant by the fact that it requires signatures to “agree sufficiently.”
“Benson on Oct. 6 instructed clerks who were matching signatures that they ‘must perform’ their duties under the ‘presumption’ that the signature is valid and uphold the signature’s validity if there were “more matching features than nonmatching features.” Whenever possible, clerks and election officials were instructed to resolve slight differences “in favor of finding that the voter’s signature was valid,’ Murray wrote,” the report says.
Allegan County Clerk Robert Genetski, along with the Michigan Republican Party ended up filing a complaint on the same day and then amended it on Dec. 30 to make the cause that the directive was unlawful. However, Genetski did not allege that Benson’s directive “caused him to accept a signature that he believed to be invalid.”
“The judge didn’t rule on whether Benson’s directive violated state election law, but did say the directive violated the Administrative Procedures Act, the process that must be followed when an agency creates new rules. “….Nowhere in the 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 signature as compared with the signature on file,” Murray said.
“Policy determinations like the one at issue — which places a 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,” he continued.
“The Administrative Procedures Act requires state agencies that are developing a rule to better implement state law to go through months of public notices, drafts, impact analyses, public comment and public hearings,” he went on to say.
Now that the election is over, Republicans are crawling out of the woodwork to suddenly support President Trump. But, again, it’s likely too little, too late. If this whole mess is so obvious, how come someone didn’t notice her working on this beforehand and try to stop her? Those who knew and did nothing?
That’s the question we need answered.
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