Former President Donald Trump, who fought against rampant voter fraud in the 2020 election, was vindicated by a Michigan Court ruling that said Jocelyn Benson broke the law when she allowed sending absentee balloting to registered voters, a report said.
According to the details, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson last year said local clerks should start with a presumption of validity when verifying signatures on absentee ballot applications, but a court ruling says that rule wasn’t properly established.
A Michigan Court of Claims judge last week ruled that clerks no longer need to follow those instructions for determining whether to send an absentee ballot to applicants.
Benson allegedly violated the state’s Administrative Procedures Act by not following the approved process in creating a rule under federal law.
In the 16-page court ruling entitled, “Genetski v. Benson” with no. 20-216-MM, Michigan Court of Claims Judge Christopher Murray sided with the plaintiffs in complaining that Benson has violated the state’s laws because of three reason.
“While defendant Benson undoubtedly has discretion under MCL 168.31 to issue guidance or to instruct local clerks regarding signature validity requirements, the implementation of her discretionary decision can still be subject to the APA’s requirements,” Murray said in the ruling.
“In sum, the standards issued by defendant Benson on October 6, 2020 with respect to signature-matching requirements amounted to a “rule” that should have been promulgated in accordance with the APA. And absent compliance with the APA, the ‘rule’ is invalid,” he added.