Last year, the Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) investigated voter registry irregularities in Detroit, Michigan and discovered the names of thousands of dead people who were still registered to vote. The group put in a request with Director of Elections George Azzouz to be able to fully inspect the voter rolls and determine the extent of the problem. The city ignored the request and in December PILF took them to court. Surely this is something everyone could get behind, right? I mean, you don’t want to leave a huge number of deceased people registered to vote.
Apparently not everyone feels that way. As the Free Beacon reports, liberal groups have flocked to the defense of the city, urging Detroit to reject PILF’s request and make sure that the inalienable rights of dead people aren’t stripped away.
The League of Women Voters of Michigan and its Detroit chapter filed a motion to intervene on behalf of Detroit city clerk Janice Winfrey and Director of Elections George Azzouz…
The Brennan Center for Justice, a progressive policy institute at New York University School of Law, will help the League fight PILF’s lawsuit. Myrna Pérez, the center’s director of voting rights and elections programs, and Eliza Sweren-Becker, counsel in the center’s Democracy Program, signed on to the motion. New York-based attorneys from the Paul Weiss law firm, where former Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch is a partner, also joined the motion.