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Michigan Supreme Court denies case to hear challenging absentee ballots

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The Michigan Supreme Court won’t hear the case challenging the Secretary of State’s decision to mail absentee ballot applications to voters.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson mass mailed the applications to registered voters across the state. A Highland Park activist, Robert Davis, sued because he was concerned the unsolicited applications were unlawful and candidates could challenge votes because of that. In August, the Court of Claims ruled the mailings were legal. The Court of Appeals confirmed that ruling in September.

Now, the Supreme Court has declined to hear the lawsuit. It was turned down by a six to one majority.

Supreme Court Justice David Viviano felt the case should be reviewed to determine “whether the Secretary of State had the legal authority to mail millions of applications for absentee ballots to voters who did not request them.”