Judge Allows Suit Over 26,000 Registered Dead Voters in Michigan to Continue

Striking a blow for those who believe in the sanctity of elections, a court dismissed Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s effort to throw out a lawsuit seeking to purge dead voters from the state’s rolls.

The United States Western District Court of Michigan allowed the lawsuit filed by the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) last November over 25,975 dead registrants to continue.

In doing so, it also dismissed efforts by radical leftist groups to intervene in the suit in favor of the state’s keeping the deceased voters on its logs.

The suit alleges that Michigan is violating Section 8 of the National Voter Registration Act of 1993. This requires each state to have a process that works to “remove the names of ineligible voters from the official lists of eligible voters.”

Theoretically, that would include the deceased.

Numbers from PILF’s analysis revealed a shocking level of inefficiency in cleansing the voter rolls. Breaking down the totals, 23,663 registrants have been dead for five or more years. At least 17,479 have been deceased for a decade or more, and 3,956 died over two decades ago.

One voter on the rolls would be 100 if she were still alive, but she died over 20 years ago. Another, also long dead, would be 108.

The Foundation said its goal is to defend the integrity of elections and make sure that federal law protecting that integrity is followed. PILF President J. Christian Adams said in a statement that the effort is “about ensuring that deceased registrants are not receiving ballots.”

The Michigan Department of State would not comment on the litigation except to say that the state follows “all state and federal laws.”

If that were the case, it would not have nearly 26,000 deceased voters still eligible to cast their ballots. As much as the left now suddenly believes that the electoral process is airtight, surely there is not an issue with removing those who have moved on to the great beyond from their voter rolls.