President Trump’s campaign filed a federal suit Wednesday to block the certification of votes in Michigan over allegations of misconduct by election officials in the most heavily populated county in the bitterly divided swing state.
The suit targets Democratic Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers and officials in Wayne County, which covers Detroit and voted more than 2-to-1 in favor of Joe Biden, according to unofficial results.
Unofficial results show Biden beating Trump 50.56 percent to 47.91 percent, with a margin of 146,123 votes.
“Among other things, election officials in Wayne County refused to permit statutorily designated challengers to observe the conduct of the election and the processing of ballots,” court papers say.
“Some election officials pre-dated ballots that were not eligible to be counted by altering the date the ballot was received.”
The latter allegations are based on an affidavit filed by lawyer Jessica Connarn, who acted as a Republican challenger at Detroit’s TCF Center.
Connarn’s affidavit was also cited in a similar suit that was dismissed last week, with Michigan Court of Claims Judge Diane Stephens calling Connarn’s allegations “inadmissible hearsay within hearsay.”
Another attachment to the suit, filed in the US District Court for the Western District of Michigan, contains 233 pages of affidavits from more than 100 other election challengers.
The suit alleges that they “were denied a meaningful opportunity to review election officials in Wayne County handling ballots, processing absent voter ballots, validating the legitimacy of absent voter ballots, and the general conduct of the election and ballot counting.”
“The 70 million Americans who voted for President Trump deserve transparency into the potentially unconstitutional conduct documented here,” campaign lawyer Matt Morgan insisted.
“The numerous reports we have heard from credible witnesses of Michigan’s election processes are alarming. Every American should have faith in our electoral process and know that their legal vote was both counted and protected.”
A Benson spokesperson called the suit “the same kind of irresponsible false rhetoric and misinformation that we saw throughout the election.”
“It is a press release masquerading as a legal claim designed to promote false claims aimed at eroding the public’s confidence in Michigan elections,” spokesperson Jake Rollow said.
“But it does not change the truth: Michigan’s elections were conducted fairly, securely, transparently, and the results are an accurate reflection of the will of the people.”
Biden won Michigan’s 16 electoral votes by flipping the Wolverine State, one of three key battlegrounds that Trump captured in 2016, according to projections by major news organizations.
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