State Rep. Ann Bollin today issued the following statement after a U.S. District Court refused to dismiss a lawsuit filed against Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) alleging Benson failed to remove dead people from the state’s voter rolls:
“State and federal law requires the Secretary of State to properly maintain our official voter rolls – yet two separate audits have shown that Secretary Benson’s office is failing on that front.
“This lawsuit alleges that nearly 24,000 names on the rolls belong to people who have been dead for five years or more. That’s significant. And it’s exactly why we have been working on several legislative reforms to make certain the qualified voter file gets cleaned up – legislation the governor has vetoed.
“This week’s ruling is a crucial victory that allows the PILF v Benson case to advance to discovery, something Secretary Benson fought against. It will help shed even more light on the Secretary of State’s practices for maintaining our voter rolls.”
A 2022 report from the independent, nonpartisan state Auditor General revealed serious concerns about the integrity of the state’s official voter rolls. The audit recommended that the state correct discrepancies created by inaccurate addresses and deaths. The same concerns were flagged in a 2019 performance audit, but the Secretary of State’s Office failed to take action to correct the problem.
In April, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer rejected House Bills 4127-28, which would have established a procedure to ensure the state’s qualified voter list is up to date and accurate.
State Rep. Ann Bollin again urged caution about unsustainable spending in the new state budget proposal after fiscal and economic leaders projected declining state revenue during today’s Consensus Revenue Estimating Conference. Bollin, who serves on the House Appropriations Committee, said today’s expert projections are further confirmation of a slowing economy. “This is proof positive that […]
State Rep. Ann Bollin this week continued to fight for additional election integrity measures in the new state budget. Bollin, R-Brighton Township, and other Republican members of the House Appropriations Committee offered amendments to generate reports with information critical to election security and proposed funding to make sure communities throughout Michigan have resources to properly […]
State Rep. Ann Bollin, Republican vice chair of the General Government budget subcommittee, today called on House Democrats to work with her to craft a fiscally sound and sensible budget that reduces debt, limits long-term liabilities, sets money aside for a rainy day, and meets the state’s constitutional obligations. Bollin, R-Brighton Township, gave a speech […]
State Rep. Ann Bollin this week recognized a group of vital public servants by sponsoring a resolution to declare April 30 through May 6 as Professional Municipal Clerks Week in the state of Michigan. Throughout Michigan, municipal clerks serve their communities as election administrators, parliamentarians, record keepers, FOIA coordinators, public meeting organizers, and more. “Every […]
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