Michigan Officials Still Fighting Spread of Disinformation Ahead of August Primary Election
DETROIT – Michigan voters will soon be heading to the polls for the August primary election, and the secretary of state said the election was taking place as her office tried to combat the spread of disinformation.
On August 3, 54 counties in Michigan will hold primary elections and the city of Detroit has a major proposal on the ballot. But election officials are still pushing back against unfounded allegations of voter fraud or cheating in the 2020 presidential election, making their job much more difficult.
“I think it’s a little baffling that we’re here in July 2021 and still having this debate, despite all the evidence on one side of the scale, demonstrating our secure election,” the secretary said. Michigan State, Jocelyn Benson. .
Benson says the biggest challenge right now is the widespread misinformation that prompts some to look for ways to overturn an election or overturn the results, like claims made by lawyers in the “Kraken trial. “. These lawyers are now facing penalties in federal court in Michigan.
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“I think we are seeing those who are trying to go down this path, looking at every possible path, whether it’s collecting the signatures of a small number of registered voters and using them to overthrow not only the positions of state officials, but also the will of the majority of voters, âBenson said.
And the problem doesn’t seem to be going anywhere anytime soon.
âI actually think it’s going to last until 2024 or potentially beyond, in part because some bad actors have created a cottage industry to spread disinformation; it became profitable, âBenson said.
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But the Michigan secretary of state said voters can also step in and keep their votes safe by tracking their votes and making sure they complete, rank and vote the right way.
âThe name of the game is vigilance, especially at times like these,â Benson said. “We work hard, we need voters to work hard in the same way to make sure all the pieces come together, their votes count and their voices are heard.”
Benson’s office also encourages absent voters to immediately drop off their absent ballots at their local clerk’s office or a drop box to avoid mail delays.
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