LANSING, Mich. (Michigan News Source) – Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that her office is continuing with “ongoing voter registration list maintenance” through the Bureau of Elections by cancelling voter registrations of residents who are no longer living or live in the state.

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According to a press release from Benson’s office, nearly 100,000 registrations are slated for cancellation by mid-March because the voter no longer lives at the registration address.

In addition, Benson’s office said there are more than 400,000 voter registrations currently slated for cancellation in 2025. However, it is not known how many of that total are deceased.

Benson’s office said the Bureau of Elections has been working with clerks statewide since 2019, the year after Benson won her first term, to cancel the 419,990 voter registrations of people who have died.

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The news of the list maintenance comes months after a not-for-profit filed a complaint with the Michigan Bureau of Elections, claiming Benson violated federal law by hiring the Electronic Registration Information Center (ERIC) to go through the state’s voter rolls.

In August 2022, a court 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. They claimed an upwards of 24,000 registrants have been dead for five years or more, with more than 17,000 registrants dead for a decade, and close to 4,000 dead for 20 years.