RNC, under Trump-influenced new leadership, files lawsuit against Michigan secretary of state

 March 14, 2024

Recently, under the direction of former President Donald Trump given his status as the nominee for the Republican Party, the Republican National Committee's leadership structure underwent major changes.

And it wasted zero time tackling the issues that the party needs to confront prior to the upcoming election.

According to The Hill, the RNC immediately tackled an issue out of Michigan regarding voter rolls.

The RNC filed a lawsuit against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson in an attempt to force the state to review its voter rolls.

What's going on?

At issue is the RNC's questioning of whether or not the secretary of state has complied with rules set forth by the National Voter Registration Act’s (NVRA) that require voter rolls to be "cleaned."

The Hill noted:

The lawsuit, filed in federal court, argues that of Michigan’s 83 counties, at least 53 have more registered voters than adults of legal voting age. An additional 23 counties have active voter registration rates that “exceed 90 percent of adult citizens over the age of 18,” the lawsuit said.

The RNC's lawsuit also claimed that it's not the first time Michigan has failed to clean its voter rolls prior to an election.

"This is not the first time Michigan has failed to abide by the NVRA’s requirements," the RNC's lawsuit read. It cited a similar situation in 2020 that resulted in legal action.

Michigan is said to be one of the most important swing states for both President Joe Biden and Trump. Both campaigns will fight to win it over, as it could easily carve a path to winning the Electoral College.

Benson responds

Not surprisingly, Secretary of State Benson responded to the lawsuit, claiming it's nothing more than a political PR tactic, insisting that the state has complied with the NVRA's demands.

"Let’s call this what it is: a PR campaign masquerading as a meritless lawsuit filled with baseless accusations that seek to diminish people’s faith in the security of our elections," Benson told NBC News.

She added, "Shame on anyone who abuses the legal process to sow seeds of doubt in our democracy."

Only time will tell if the RNC emerges victorious in this battle and the ones to come.

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