Chief Judge Christopher Murray validated claims made by Trump’s administration Behind That The Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson broke the state’s Administrative Procedures Act, Based on The Western Journal.
Benson violated the procedures behave when she provided”guidance” pertaining to how absentee ballots were analyzed”because the guidance issued by the Secretary of State on October 6, 2020, with respect to signature matching standards was issued in violation of the Administrative Procedures Act.”
“Further, the form instructs clerks to, if there are any redeeming qualities in the [absent voter] application or return envelope signature as compared to the signature on file, treat the signature as valid. (Underlining in the original.) ,” Murray wrote.
“’Redeeming qualities’ are described as including, but not being limited to,’similar identifying flourishes,’ and’more fitting features than nonmatching capabilities.'”
“Signatures’should be considered questionable’ the guidance explained, only if they differ’in multiple, obvious and significant respects from the signature on file.’ (Emphasis in original).
‘[W]henever possible,’ election officials were to resolve ‘[s]light dissimilarities’ in favor of finding that the voter’s signature was valid.”
“The presumption is found nowhere in state law,” Murray stated.
“The mandatory presumption goes beyond the realm of mere advice and direction, and instead is a substantive directive that adds to the pertinent signature-matching standards.”
“Maybe we can even loosen the rules a bit? Unless, of course, you want to be undemocratic.”
“It was clear from the outset that the secretary of state had violated election law by unilaterally directing local clerks to ignore their statutory obligation to compare absentee ballot signatures,” said Ted Goodma.
“By mailing applications, we have ensured that no Michigander has to choose between their health and their right to vote,” Benson stated.
“I think, if carefully done, according to the guidelines, there’s no reason that I can see why that not be the case.”