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RNC Sues Michigan Secretary of State Over Voter Roll Accuracy Amid Trump's Ongoing Fight for Election Integrity

(Travis Dove via AP, Pool, File)

The Republican National Committee has initiated legal action against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, attributing the lawsuit to discrepancies in the state's voter registration rolls. The complaint, brought forward on Wednesday by the RNC's Election Integrity Division, accuses Benson's office of failing to maintain accurate and current voter lists. Michael Whatley, chairman of the RNC, emphasized the importance of up-to-date voter rolls in accordance with the National Voter Registration Act (NVRA), which he claims Benson has neglected, leading to inaccuracies and inflated numbers ahead of the 2024 election.

The RNC argues that a significant portion of Michigan's counties are not in compliance with the NVRA, pointing out that 76 of the state's 83 counties have purportedly inflated voter rolls. More strikingly, the committee found that 53 counties have a higher number of active registered voters than adults over the age of 18. Prior to the lawsuit, the RNC had issued a demand letter to Benson, threatening legal action if these issues were not rectified.

This legal move marks the 79th election integrity litigation effort by the RNC in this election cycle. The backdrop to this aggressive stance on election integrity is President Trump's continued assertions of electoral fraud. In mid-February, Trump expressed his confidence in Whatley, who has served both as the general counsel and chairman of the North Carolina GOP, for his commitment to preventing election fraud.

Trump has consistently claimed that the 2020 presidential election was unfairly taken from him, citing alleged fraud and last-minute electoral rule changes that expanded mail-in voting and relaxed voter verification standards as primary reasons for his defeat.

Extensive reviews, audits, and court cases across multiple states, involving judges appointed by both Democratic and Republican administrations, found no evidence of widespread fraud or irregularities that could have influenced the outcome of the election. Numerous legal challenges brought forth by the Trump campaign and its allies were dismissed due to a lack of evidence.