During and after the 2020 presidential election, Donald Trump frequently called out absentee ballot laws. He believed many of them, recently passed before the election, were actually illegal.
Most Democrats dismissed his claim as baseless, and Trump’s legal team didn’t score victories in the courts after the results came in.
However, a swing state judge might’ve just vindicated Trump’s claims.
During the 2020 race, Michigan proved to be an important battleground. And while then-President Trump took a large early lead, Joe Biden ultimately won the state.
And according to the reports, that was largely due to the fact that Biden got most of the mail-in and absentee ballot votes.
The rules surrounding those ballots are now under heavy fire, though, thanks to a Michigan judge. It’s too little too late for Trump, but it could still feel like victory for Republicans.
After all, we’re talking about an illegal move by a Democrat — which always gets attention from the GOP.
A Michigan judge ruled last week Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) broke state law when she unilaterally issued rules related to absentee balloting, legitimizing a key claim made by the Trump campaign in its legal challenges to the 2020 election.
Benson issued several big orders prior to the 2020 election, and this included sending absentee ballots to all registered voters.
She also provided “guidance” on how to evaluate those ballots, which Michigan Court of Claims Chief Judge Christopher Murray now says violated the state’s Administrative Procedures Act.
Trump and other right-wing lawmakers frequently accused Democrat leaders of abusing their authority in these election matters.
And now, they too feel vindicated with this ruling. Said Michigan state Rep. Matt Hall (R):
I’m glad the court sees Secretary of State Benson’s attempts at lawmaking for what they are — clear violations of her authority.
If she wants to make changes like these, she needs to work with the Legislature or properly promulgate them through the laws we have on the books — in this case the Administrative Procedures Act.
Benson’s orders were questioned right from the start, in fact.
This ruling comes after Allegan County Clerk Bob Genetski sued Benson and state Director of Elections Jonathan Brater over the absentee ballot order.
At the time, Benson and other leftist politicians in Michigan put a premium on absentee voting due to the ongoing pandemic. Essentially, they claimed it was all for the sake of public safety.
And it resulted in over 3 million absentee ballots being cast in the state (according to WWMT News). That’s out of a possible 7.7 million voters, so it’s a pretty hefty percentage.
Trump is on record saying our mail-in and absentee voting system was full of holes, and couldn’t be relied upon. Many Republicans agreed with him.
Now, this ruling once again calls that system into question, and presents more questions moving forward. And how many other Democrat leaders broke laws in issuing these orders?