DETROIT – The Wayne County Board of Canvassers will move forward with certifying election votes after the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected a request to delay certification.
UPDATE Nov. 19, 2020: Trump campaign withdraws federal lawsuit challenging Michigan election results
A lawsuit, filed by a group of Republican challengers, asked the court to require an independent audit of votes cast by people in Wayne County. This is separate from the audit by the county’s Board of Canvassers.
The lawsuit was based on allegations of fraud, surrounding the count at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit.
On Friday, a Wayne County judge denied the audit request, saying the lawsuit was “incorrect and not credible.”
Lawyers appealed and were rejected on Monday.
The state Court of Appeals said it wasn’t convinced the Wayne County judge made a mistake by refusing to stop the work of county canvassers. That means efforts to stop the certification of Detroit area votes hit a road block.
Republican challengers observing the counting of absentee ballots at TCF Center claimed fraud in favor of Joe Biden, who won Michigan by more than 140,000 votes. There is no evidence of widespread fraud in the 2020 election.
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers will meet Tuesday afternoon to vote on certifying election results.