LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has one job and she is hiring someone else to do it.

The Thomas More Society, a not-for-profit national public interest law firm, has filed a complaint with Michigan’s Bureau of Elections against Benson arguing her office violated federal law when it hired the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to clean the state’s voter rolls.

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The complaint argues that Benson violated the Help America Vote Act (HAVA) by giving ERIC access to Michigan’s Qualified Voter File. That law requires each secretary of state to maintain and clean voter rolls without outside assistance.

Last month, the U.S. Western District Court of Michigan denied Benson’s effort to dismiss the Public Interest Legal Foundation’s (PILF) lawsuit for failing to remove deceased registrants from the state’s voter roll.

According to PILF’s numbers, 23,663 registrants have been dead for five years or more. In addition, 17,479 registrants have been dead for at least a decade and 3,956 registrants have been dead for at least 20 years.

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Meanwhile, Democrats, Republicans and Whitmer’s office are negotiating the preprocessing of absentee ballots. They could come to an agreement before the November 8 election.