Few Michigan Absentee Ballots Were Rejected over Bad Signatures Now Deemed Illegal
Few Michigan Absentee Ballots Were Rejected over Bad Signatures Now Deemed Illegal by KYLE OLSON for Breitbart
Few absentee ballots were rejected by Michigan ballot counters after Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) changed the evaluation rules, a move declared illegal by a Michigan judge last week.
WDIV reported in December that just 15,302 of the state’s 3.3 million general election absentee votes were not accepted.
“Most rejected ballots were not accepted due to arriving too late, voters moving to a different Michigan jurisdiction after their vote was cast or voters casting ballots while alive but dying before Election Day,” according to the news station.
Votes rejected related to signatures:
- No signature: 1,852 ballots
- Signature did not match: 1,400 ballots
WDIV said just .04 percent — or one in every 2,357 absentee ballots — were rejected because a counter determined the signature on the ballot did not match one on file.
Despite an increase in absentee balloting from the August primary to the November general election, “the rate of rejection for signature issues fell between August and November from 0.14 percent to 0.1 percent.”
Breitbart News reported the rules Benson unilaterally created were deemed illegal by Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray March 9.
Benson issued “guidance” in early October indicating “slight similarities” in signatures on absentee ballots should lead a counter to decide “in favor of finding that the voter’s signature was valid.”
Murray ruled Benson violated the law “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 (APA).”
“Policy determinations like the one at issue — which places the thumb on the scale in favor of a signature’s validity — should be made pursuant to properly promulgated rules under the APA or by the Legislature,” Murray ruled more than four months after the election.