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Judge says Benson allowed to send absentee ballot mailings

A Michigan Court of Claims judge has ruled Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is allowed to send every voter in the state an application to vote absentee instead of in-person.

The Secretary of State sent an absentee ballot application to seven-point-seven million registered voters before the August primary.

Benson press secretary Jake Rollow said a postcard mailing to more than 4 million voters who still have not requested absentee ballots will go out soon. He says that would leave time for people to request and return their ballots before the November election.

“Secretary Benson has both the authority and the obligation to inform people of their voting rights and make sure they know how to exercise those rights.”

“I’m not surprised. I’m not impressed, and there’s going to be further appeals on it.”

Republican plaintiff Nevin Cooper-Keel says the next stop will be the Michigan Court of Appeals and, after that, the case could go to the state Supreme Court.

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