Jocelyn Benson isn’t taking election integrity seriously, and voters are noticing.
That’s not just my opinion – it’s the only reasonable conclusion given the overwhelming and mounting evidence of serious election integrity problems spinning out of and around her office.
This column originally appeared in The Detroit News.
Michigan has an election integrity problem. Without an urgent address from the secretary of state, it may boil over into an election integrity crisis. Worse, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and some prominent election officials appear to be intentionally undermining solutions.
Chronic election integrity debacles in places like Detroit, Flint and Southfield have Michigan voters questioning the outcome of an election that’s still six-and-a-half weeks away. Instead of fixing problems, Benson’s typical response has been to tell voters they should expect problems and delays on election night.
Shocking new allegations have emerged out of the TCF Center in Detroit, where the scandal-plagued City Clerk and her elections team count absentee votes each election night.
According to sworn affidavits, last month’s primary election saw rampant irregularities from City Clerk staff and volunteers, thousands of ballots sorted incorrectly, ballots being counted more than once and – astoundingly – votes for Republicans being either deleted or changed!