In late January, Michigan’s Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, announced that the state is set to remove 177,000 voters from the rolls in March. The delay will give citizens there the time to prevent the cancellation of their registration if they find they are on the removal list erroneously. Benson says that the state continues to “demonstrate the integrity, transparency and accuracy of Michigan elections” with its post-election audits that help keep voter rolls clean.
Benson is planning a major overhaul of her state’s elections, including the mailing of absentee ballots to every registered voter every election and solidifying early voting and extending the time to count ballots.
#ICYMI: #NewDEALer MI Secretary of State @JocelynBenson has laid out a plan to modernize her state’s elections. Her proposal includes codifying early in-person voting, making Election Day a holiday, and more https://t.co/YdciQJv18I
— The NewDEAL (@NewDEALLeaders) February 16, 2021
According to the Detroit News, “roughly 500,000 absentee ballot applications were returned between May and August for reasons that included the individuals had since died or moved.” Benson mailed out around 7.7 million applications to vote by mail in May to “qualified voters.” Benson said she had to wait until after the election because federal law prevents list maintenance 90 days before an election. “Former Secretary of State Johnson on Wednesday estimated there likely were another 300,000 absentee ballot applications sent to people who are dead or moved that were not returned to the Bureau of Elections,” as reported by the Detroit News.
Benson’s statement reads that “Michigan’s 2020 elections were the most secure,