The Hunting of Sidney Powell, Part 2

This is the second of a five-part series exposing the "lawfare" persecution of a conservative.

By Daniel Street Published on May 21, 2024

See Part 1 of this series here.

A review of some of the irregularities of Michigan’s 2020 presidential election is in order. These issues should be kept in mind when considering the lawsuit Sidney Powell filed in that state and the federal court there that sanctioned her for it. A brief recap of some of the more important issues with the election will inform readers:

  1. In May 2020, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) announced that every registered voter statewide would receive an absentee ballot application in the mail. (The Michigan Senate Oversight Committee concluded this process, which resulted in ballot applications going to “long deceased family members, those who moved to other states or persons never present at that address” presented “a clear vulnerability for fraud that may be undetected, if the actual voter does not vote at all.” See MI Senate Report, pgs. 10-11.)
  2. In October 2020, Benson issued guidance to Michigan county clerks about signature verification on absentee ballots, creating a “presumption” that the voter’s absentee ballot signature was the voter’s genuine signature and should be treated as valid if there were “any redeeming qualities” in it. (This “guidance” was later declared invalid by a Michigan court due to Benson’s failure to follow the Administrative Procedure Act when it was issued.)
  3. In 2020, 57% of the ballots cast in Michigan were absentee ballots (that is roughly 3.3 million absentee ballots).
  4. Despite the radical expansion of absentee balloting in Michigan in 2020, only 15,302 absentee ballots out of 3.3 million cast were rejected due to failure to comply with the law. Only 9.5% of those 15,302 rejected ballots (literally less than 1,500) were rejected due to “signature mismatch.” You read that right: Out of 3.3 million absentee ballots cast in Michigan’s 2020 presidential election, fewer than 1,500 were rejected because the signature on the ballot failed to match the voter’s signature on file. That means only one absentee ballot out of every 2,300 was rejected due to signature mismatch. The effect of Benson’s unlawful guidance in October 2020 was to essentially gut the signature-verification process.
  5. At the same time, a private organization funded largely by Facebook billionaire Mark Zuckerberg funneled millions of dollars in private funding to overwhelmingly Democrat cities and counties all over America, including over $7.6 million in Michigan, to promote drop boxes, absentee ballots, absentee ballot curing and other efforts.
  6. Additional investigation determined these private groups worked to influence Benson to send absentee ballots to every voter statewide, as she ultimately did.
  7. In 2018, Michigan legislators passed same-day voter registration. The 2020 election was the first presidential election to take place afterward, and roughly 28,000 new Michigan voters registered on Election Day.
  8. In October 2020, a company called GBI Strategies submitted fraudulent or unlawful voter-registration applications in Muskegon, Michigan. Democrat groups, including the Biden campaign and Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee, paid the company millions of dollars in the 2020 election cycle. Yet, the Michigan attorney general did not even reveal the investigation to the public (she was too busy issuing public statements about the Gretchen Whitmer’s kidnapping entrapment plot as an “October surprise.”)
  9. Dominion Voting Systems election hardware and software used in Wayne County (where Detroit is located), is similar, if not the same, as that a federal judge in Georgia found to be of questionable reliability.

Rampant Abuse

In addition to the issues noted above, Republican poll watchers and election observers reported extensive abuse, intimidation, threats and harassment from election workers in Detroit during the election. Michigan Citizens for Election Integrity highlighted the way Detroit election workers abused Republican poll watchers in its report, “TCF Timeline: The 2020 General Election in Detroit” as follows:


Please take the time to review the TCF Timeline Report linked above. You will marvel at the abuse listed therein. How is this type of behavior — by elections officials — allowed?

There are plenty of additional issues with Michigan’s 2020 election, but this handful fueled the serious concerns people of all political persuasions had with the legitimacy of the vote leading up to Election Day. Republicans everywhere knew the Democrats and the far left would pull out all the stops to deliver the White House to Joe Biden in November.

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When the concerns about the election went beyond theoretical, Sidney Powell tried to do something about it. This effort culminated in four federal election lawsuits, including one filed in Michigan. This ultimately resulted in a $175,000 sanctions order against Powell and her co-counsel. We’ll discuss that in Part 3 tomorrow.

If you would like to support Sidney Powell in her efforts, visit the website of her organization, Defending the Republic. Parts 3, 4, and 5 of this series will appear in subsequent editions.


Daniel R. Street is an attorney with more than 25 years of litigation experience. He is the author of the Fake News Exposed about Trump book series. Links to his books, blog, social media, and more may be found at

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