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Benson Demands Data Deleted

While MIGOP calls for audit, Benson demands election data deleted


LANSING, Mich., December 4, 2020 – While the Michigan Republican Party joined bipartisan calls for a full audit of the November 2020 election results, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson is pushing for the mass deletion of election data.

In a memo to County Clerks earlier this week, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson told clerks to delete Electronic Poll Book Software and associated files, despite multiple calls for an audit of the election - including a bipartisan request from the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. According to the Michigan Bureau of Elections, this data should not be deleted if, “a post-election audit is planned but has not yet been completed,”.

“Secretary Benson’s move to request the deletion of election data amidst bipartisan calls for an audit is just another example of her putting partisan politics over what’s best for Michigan.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “With election irregularities rampant across the state, it is vital that we have this audit before any election data is deleted. Secretary Benson’s move to delete this data before an audit raises a serious question, what are the Democrats hiding?”