Election Integrity Win in Michigan

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by Nadia Bullock  •  ChurchMilitant.com  •  October 26, 2022   

Judge rebukes secretary of state's rules

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Republicans are celebrating a legal victory for upholding election integrity in Michigan. 

Church Militant's Nadia Bullock has the story.

Jocelyn Benson, secretary of state, MI: "I think it's a question of truth versus lies and conspiracy theories verse facts and experience and defending democracy in a time like this."

On Thursday, a judge ruled against Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson's last-minute restrictions on poll challengers. 

Judge Brock Swartzle scrutinized several rules in Benson's May 2022 manual for poll challengers and ordered Benson's office to either modify some sections or fully abolish it.

Some problematic rules include a new credential form for challengers, creating an artificial deadline for when poll challengers can be appointed and the banning of personal electronic devices for people working with absentee ballots.

Swartzle ruled, "[O]nly a department's 'rule,' promulgated by that department through the crucible of public notice-and-comment rulemaking, has the force and effect of law. Any other pronouncement by a department does not have the force and effect of law unless specifically authorized by our legislature."

RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel exclaimed, "This ruling is a massive victory for election integrity, the rule of law, and Michigan voters."

Benson's office is planning to appeal.

Benson: "If citizens sincerely want to know the truth and have faith in the process, there's an abundance of truth for them and facts for them and evidence of the reliability of the election results." 

This is just one victory for election integrity out of many happening all over the country, just a couple of weeks shy of the midterms.

According to McDaniel's press release, "The RNC is involved in 73 cases of election integrity litigation in 20 states this cycle."

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