What Michigan election lawsuit claims, despite lack of evidence

Lawsuit provides no evidence to back claims of fraud

The lawsuit is separate from the one the campaign filed in the Court of Claims in Lansing. That lawsuit, asking for a stop to the counting process, was not successful.
The lawsuit is separate from the one the campaign filed in the Court of Claims in Lansing. That lawsuit, asking for a stop to the counting process, was not successful.

DETROIT – Officials with President Donald Trump’s campaign said they will continue to fight the 2020 General Election results with lawsuits.

Michigan is the center of litigation from the Trump campaign, which filed a federal lawsuit in the western district of Michigan, despite the claims coming out of Michigan’s Wayne County. The campaign is more likely to find a sympathetic judge in the western district.

The lawsuit, filed Tuesday night, alleges -- without evidence -- there were widespread irregularities in Michigan’s election and ballot-counting process.

Many of the claims are similar to a case that was dismissed by the state court of claims last week. That case is now on appeal. This most recent lawsuit comes with 234 pages of signed affidavits of people claiming to have witnessed poll workers or were told about poll workers acting suspiciously.

Among their claims were allegations of votes being counted twice, GOP poll challengers being blocked from seeing ballots and allegedly backdating ballots that arrived late. The campaign did not provide evidence beyond those supposed eye witness accounts.

Many of the claims are similar to other unfounded fraud claims from past elections. Legal experts say these claims are unlikely to make it far in the courts.

“It’s completely possible that there is a reasonable explanation for the things these affiants witnessed,” said Matthew Cross with Plunkett Cooney. “We’re really just going to have to see how this plays out, but ultimately, the likelihood of actual success and defining success as changing the result of the election is very low.”

Not a single election official in the entire country said they have seen evidence of widespread fraud or fraud described by the Trump campaign.

READ: Legal action by Trump campaign and GOP unlikely to impact Michigan election results

READ: Here’s what comes next in Michigan’s ballot-counting process


What we know about GOP challenge to Michigan’s election results

Republicans locally and around the country claimed early this week that they have hundreds of sworn statements alleging irregularities and illegal activity at Detroit’s TCF Center.

Among those making the claims was Republican National Committee chair and Michigan native Ronna McDaniel who detailed the unfounded claims in a press conference Monday alongside White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

“We have a whistleblower and now we have 131 affidavits talking about irregularities and problems that were happening in Detroit. That’s just Michigan,” McDaniel said.

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Grant comes to Local 4 from Oklahoma City. He joins the news team as co-anchor of Local 4 News Today weekend mornings and is a general assignment reporter.

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