Nearly 26,000 dead people were on the Michigan voters rolls before and after the 2020 election, the president of the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) said.
In a review of state voter rolls, PILF found 25,975 deceased registrants, 23,663 of whom had been dead for five years or more, and 17,479 of whom had been dead for at least a decade, J. Christian Adams, PILF president, noted in a Dec. 6 op-ed for The Washington Times.
“That is nearly 26,000 opportunities for fraud and abuse,” Adams wrote.
“Most inexcusable and almost difficult to believe is that 3,956 have been dead for at least two decades,” Adams noted.
Adams said that PILF had warned Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson before the 2020 election that the state’s voter rolls contained a high number of dead registrants.
“This raised serious questions about the last time Michigan’s voter rolls had appropriately removed deceased registrants,” Adams wrote. “To help avoid a lawsuit later on, we pre-emptively hand-delivered the data to state officials in Lansing. Yet, Ms. Benson still did nothing to clean the voter rolls before the election or even afterward.”