LANSING, Mich., November 9, 2020 – As evidence of election irregularities in Michigan continue to mount, the Michigan Secretary of State has denied a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request by the Michigan Republican Party. In their denial, Benson’s office demanded that the MIGOP jump through unnecessary hoops on its request for emails and call logs, including providing specific email addresses of Biden campaign officials, which are not public knowledge.
On November 4th, the Michigan Republican Party formally sent a FOIA request to the Michigan Secretary of State asking for “any notes, drafts, emails, draft meeting agendas, meeting agendas, texts phone call logs, or any correspondence between Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Elections Director Jonathan Brater, and/or all executive staff of the Secretary of State’s office” as well as additional individuals specified in the request. This request was rejected on technicalities, despite the fact that their ability to provide the information requested was not inhibited.
“This is yet another example of the partisanship that has infected the Michigan Secretary of State. It is painfully obvious that their office is trying to make us jump through hoops by playing dumb, when they know exactly what we’ve requested and where to find it.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “Michiganders have a right to know what’s going on with Michigan’s elections, and any attempt by the Michigan Secretary of State to impede the investigation of election irregularities in our state gives the perception of an attempted cover-up.”