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Benson declines comment on Karamo lawsuit, talks election law

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson photo
Paul Sancya
Associated Press

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said in a press conference today that she won’t comment on any pending election litigation

Benson’s opponent for Secretary of State, Republican Kristina Karamo, is a plaintiff in a lawsuit that seeks to bar Detroiters from voting absentee remotely.

While Benson wouldn’t comment on that case specifically, she did comment on election lawsuits in general.

“Already, we're seeing the first of what we have seen for years, meritless lawsuits used to get one's name in the news and gain media attention, cause confusion and sow seeds of doubt among voters”

Benson says election law is clear: citizens have the right to cast their ballot absentee or in person, free from intimidation. She says her office will continue to enforce that law and provide clarification to voters and clerks as litigation is resolved.

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