Flashpoint Interview: Political journalist explains why some Americans believe Trump’s ‘Big Lie’
Despite copious evidence proving that the 2020 presidential election was the most secure election in U.S. history, a number of Americans still believe the lie that the election was stolen from former President Donald Trump.
Michigan officials still fighting spread of misinformation ahead of Aug. primary election
Michigan voters will soon be heading to the polls once again for the August primary election, and the secretary of state says the election is taking place as her office tries to fight the spread of misinformation.
Michigan AG will probe people making money off false election claims
Michigan’s attorney general is investigating after a Republican-led state legislative committee said people are making baseless allegations about 2020 presidential election results in a northern Michigan county to raise money or publicity for their own ends.
Michigan AG officially requests sanctions against attorneys behind 2020 election lawsuits
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel says U.S. election lawsuits alleging voter fraud, among other issues, have crossed the line -- and she’s calling for the attorneys behind them to be punished. AdBipartisan officials, election officials and even members of former President Trump’s administration found that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election. Nessel had previously said she was looking into sanctions against attorneys in the broader election cases. AdRelated: Michigan AG Dana Nessel weighs in on election, Enbridge lawsuits and moreNow-President Joe Biden won the 2020 election with 306 electoral votes, beating Trump’s 232. AdMore: Michigan leaders move for sanctions against GOP attorneys in Trump election lawsuitsClick here to view the motion for sanctions filed on behalf of Whitmer and Benson on Thursday, or read it in the document below.
Michigan leaders move for sanctions against GOP attorneys in Trump election lawsuits
(AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)LANSING, Mich. – Democratic Michigan officials are taking action against attorneys who supported former President Donald Trump and his campaign in their effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, Nessel filed a motion for sanctions against Michigan attorneys Greg Rohl, Scott Hagerstrom and Stefanie Junttila and Texas attorney Sidney Powell -- a close Trump ally. Filed with the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan, the motion seeks to recover attorneys fees of about $11,000. Now-President Joe Biden won the 2020 election with 306 electoral votes, beating Trump’s 232. AdClick here to view the motion for sanctions filed on behalf of Whitmer and Benson on Thursday, or read it in the document below.
Michigan Republicans join last-ditch effort to overturn 2020 election results
The group says that if the 10-day audit isn’t granted, they will object to the Electoral College votes that have declared Biden the president-elect. Michigan Republicans are joining the last-ditch effort to overturn the election results. More than 100 Republican House members from the so-called Kraken Caucus are also expected to object to the presidential election results next week. This week, Democratic Senator Gary Peters called objections to the election results deliberate attempts to undermine trust in American elections. Trump and his allies have filed roughly 50 lawsuits challenging election results, and nearly all have been dismissed or dropped.
Michigan AG returns fire on Trump: ‘You’re not our type’
President Donald Trump has once again taken aim at Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel on Twitter early Sunday morning -- and she was not having it. https://t.co/9OXZOujVtE — Dana Nessel (@dananessel) December 27, 2020“A patriot is a person who vigorously defends their country against its enemies and detractors. You’re not our type.”Nessel followed up with another tweet Sunday, saying she doesn’t expect this behavior from President-elect Joe Biden come his inauguration in January. “We’d be asking there be action taken against her law license including potentially disbarment.”In one of the latest filings, the attorney for Wayne County, Robert Davis, called on the federal judge in Michigan’s Eastern District to sanction the lawyers for six Michigan Trump supporters who are suing Gov. With no credible legal options remaining and the Electoral College having confirmed Biden’s victory earlier this month, Trump is turning his attention to Jan. 6.
Wayne County canvasser says recent, violent threats have her living in fear
A Wayne County canvasser is speaking out on Thursday after a woman from New Hampshire was charged with threatening her online. Chair canvasser Monica Palmer says she’s afraid for her life and the lives of her family after receiving violent and threatening messages in November. “You’re not sleeping.”The threats against Palmer are the latest in a year of escalating threats of political violence and intimidation. I can’t go Christmas shopping without fear that somebody’s going to snatch my daughter,” Palmer said. Palmer says that she plans to remain on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers despite recent events.
Michigan’s audit of Antrim County votes reaffirms 2020 presidential election results
ANTRIM COUNTY, Mich. – Michigan officials conducted a “risk-limiting” audit of presidential election ballots cast in Antrim County, where a clerical error inspired baseless conspiracies of voter fraud. Antrim County uses software from Dominion Voting Systems, which has a target for conspiracy theories about election fraud this year. Even though the state’s election results have been certified for weeks, Michigan officials still chose to audit Antrim County’s votes on Dec. 17. As a result of the vote audit, Biden lost 1 vote and Trump gained 11 additional votes in Antrim County. “Today’s full audit in Antrim County confirmed the truth and affirmed the facts: Dominion’s voting machines accurately tabulated the votes cast for president in Antrim County,” Benson said on Dec. 17.
Michigan AG on lawsuit seeking to overturn election: ‘This is how democracies die’
Related: AG Barr: No evidence of voter fraud that’d change election outcome“This is how democracies die,” Nessel said Friday. “By virtue of these types of actions, which are unprecedented in American history.”Legal experts don’t believe the high court will hear the case. Despite that, four Michigan GOP congressmen have signed onto the case and 15 GOP state lawmakers. Nessel and the Attorney Generals of the other states have all filed briefs with the high court. Each member who signed their names on their respective briefs also won their own elections in 2020, which they are now asking to be invalidated.
Michigan’s top court rejects appeal by Trump campaign
LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump's campaign was handed a unanimous defeat Friday at the Michigan Supreme Court, which declined to hear an appeal about how absentee ballots were handled in Detroit as well as other issues. The court steered it aside with a three-sentence order, the latest in a string of unsuccessful cases challenging how the Nov. 3 election was handled. Joe Biden’s 154,000-vote victory in Michigan was certified by the Board of State Canvassers on Nov. 23. The president's campaign claimed the Republican Party wasn't allowed to get an appropriate number of observers inside a Detroit convention center where absentee ballots were counted. A judge and the Michigan appeals court ruled against Trump.
Michigan AG responds to Texas lawsuit against state’s election process
Michigan’s election results faced another round of legal challenges in courts both big and small just four days before the Electoral College is slated to meet and finalize the 2020 election. In the U.S. Supreme Court, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to the state of Texas, which is suing Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Georgia -- three other key states that voted in favor of President-elect Joe Biden. Texas alleged that Michigan broke its own election laws to send absentee ballots to voters during a pandemic, and argued that the court should throw out millions of votes. More: Michigan AG: Texas AG Paxton’s election lawsuit is clear signal request for pardon by TrumpNessel said the claims in the lawsuit are “absurd” and already have been debunked in lower courts. The scheme has been floated and then called for by President Trump, his campaign and his legal team before and after the presidential election in an effort to overturn election results.
Federal judge rejects lawsuit seeking to decertify Michigan’s 2020 election results
A federal judge in Michigan has denied a lawsuit seeking to decertify the state’s Nov. 3, 2020 General Election results based on claims of widespread fraud in the distribution, collection, and counting of ballots. The election results were certified in Michigan on Nov. 23. Read the full opinion here:Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers voted Nov. 23 certify the Nov. 3, 2020 General Election results. The vote to certify Michigan’s election results officially awards the state’s 16 electoral votes to Joe Biden in the presidential election. Board member Norman D. Shinkle (R) abstained from voting after questioning the balance of votes in certain precincts, specifically in Detroit.
Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson says armed protesters gathered outside her Detroit home
But the threats of those gathered weren’t actually aimed at me – or any other elected officials in this state. Their goal is to overturn and upend the results of an election that are clear and unequivocal, and that 5.5 million Michigan citizens participated in. And that job is simple: to defend and protect every Michigan voter, their choice, and their votes. I have spent my career defending and protecting the right to vote of every eligible citizen. I will continue as Michigan’s Secretary of State, proudly protecting and defending every voter and every vote.
Giuliani to Michigan Republicans: Pressure Legislature on Biden win
Giuliani said the U.S. Constitution empowers legislatures to appoint electors directly, even though the Legislature long ago passed a law allotting them to the popular vote winner. Biden won the state by 2.8 percentage points. “They're the ones who should have the courage to step up,” Giuliani said of lawmakers during a virtual event hosted by the Michigan Republican Party. Giuliani made wild claims of “massive cheating,” particularly by Detroit Democrats, that he said resulted in 500,000 to 700,000 “illegal” votes. Biden won 240,936 votes to Trump's 12,889.
Few Michigan absentee ballots rejected amid record voter turnout in 2020 election
See the full list of reasons for rejected Michigan ballots in the table below. In the August primary election, about 10,600 of 1.6 million absentee ballots (less than 1 percent) were rejected in Michigan. The state’s previous record was 2.5 million votes cast in the Aug. 2020 primary election, which also beat a record of 2.2 million votes cast in the Aug. 2018 primary. The 3.3 million Michigan absent voter ballots cast this November beat the state’s previous record of 1.6 million votes cast in the Aug. 2020 primary election. Before then, the highest number of absent voter ballots cast in Michigan was 1.3 million in the 2016 presidential election.
One pandemic, two different worlds in Georgia runoff races
A day earlier, Vice President Mike Pence campaigned with Warnock’s opponent, Sen. Kelly Loeffler, and her fellow Republican senator, David Perdue. For Republicans, the pandemic is secondary in a runoff blitz defined by dire warnings about what it would mean if Warnock defeats Loeffler and Perdue falls to Democratic challenger Jon Ossoff. But Perdue led Ossoff by about 100,000 votes, finishing just short of the outright majority Georgia requires to avoid a runoff. Loeffler acknowledges the pandemic in her standard speech by highlighting her and Perdue’s votes for the spring economic relief package. Ossoff also has sought to tie Perdue’s loyalty to Trump back to the pandemic.
New lawsuit filed with Michigan Supreme Court seeks to throw out certified election results
DETROIT – Several Republicans went straight to the Michigan Supreme Court in an effort to try and stop Michigan’s electoral votes from going to President-Elect Joe Biden. Michigan has already certified its election results, but President Donald Trump and his supporters are still hoping to find a way around the process. This latest lawsuit is only one of a few continuing the president and his campaign’s calls to undo an election they lost. Gretchen Whitmer, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and the chair of the Board of State Canvassers, Jeannette Bradshaw, who certified Michigan’s election Monday. The suit also comes after Trump falsely claimed the election results in Detroit were fake during a Thanksgiving address to members of the military stationed overseas.
Biden’s win hides a dire warning for Democrats in rural US
DES MOINES, Iowa – Democrats once dominated Koochiching County in the blue-collar Iron Range of northern Minnesota. But in this month's presidential election, President Donald Trump won it with 60% of the vote. Though Democrats’ rural woes aren’t new, they now heap pressure on Biden to begin reversing the trend. In clinging to their majority, House Democrats lost rural seats, notably the one held for 30 years by Rep. Collin Peterson in western Minnesota. For now, Democrats' future in rural America rests largely on how Biden is viewed there, Heitkamp said.
Presidential transfer of power: Here’s what to know
President Trump has not yet conceded. President Trump’s supporters show support around the country, standing behind his fight against election results. Meanwhile, president-elect Joe Biden has started assembling teams as best he can, but he is still on the outside looking in. Meanwhile, the eyes and ears of the world remain on President Trump, waiting for his next move. If the count is accurate and Joe Biden is our next president, the time is now to start on our nation’s future.
Could Michigan’s 2020 General Election set a precedent that impacts future elections?
He’s not really interested in COVID relief these days,” University of Michigan professor Richard Primus said. Primus teaches constitutional law and is a contributor for the Federalist Society. He said the president’s efforts to undermine the election, including the invitation sent to GOP leaders, are troubling for the election process by spreading distrust in democracy. “It doesn’t look to me like Speaker Chatfield and Senator Shirkey have done anything criminal, they haven’t taken any actions that a bribe was made to them or they accepted one. However, under state law, an audit cannot happen until an election is certified.
All eyes on Michigan -- Board of State Canvassers to decide if election results will be certified
DETROIT – The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is set to meet Monday to decide whether Michigan’s election results will be certified. Republican Party leaders asked the Michigan Board of State Canvassers to delay certification two weeks to look into irregularities. The vote to certify Michigan’s election results comes nearly three weeks since Election Day. Despite Joe Biden’s lead over President Donald Trump by hundreds of thousands of votes, House Speaker Lee Chatfield spoke of the believed dangers that could follow a split decision on the Michigan Board of State Canvassers. In an interview with Fox News Sunday morning Republican and Michigan House Speaker, Lee Chatfield, talked about the possibility of a “constitutional crisis” ahead of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers scheduled Monday meeting to certify election results.
Michigan lawsuit claims Trump Campaign is attempting to disenfranchise Black voters
DETROIT – A group of Detroit voters are now suing the Trump Campaign, claiming it’s trying to disenfranchise Black voters in their attempt to block the certification of votes in Wayne County. The lawsuit Anthony is talking about is 18 pages long. The plaintiffs are several local Detroit voters, along with the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. They are suing Donald Trump and his campaign, claiming they’re trying to disenfranchise Black voters by trying to block the certification of votes in Wayne County. And we hired Joe Biden and Kamala Harris.”You can read the entire lawsuit filed against Trump and his campaign by the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization and Detroit residents here.
Detroit voters sue President Trump over his attempt to block certification of election results
DETROIT – Three Detroit voters have joined a local organization in suing President Trump and his campaign over their effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election. Wayne County Board of Canvassers certifies results despite initial deadlockThe lawsuit comes days after two GOP members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers initially voted not to certify the votes, citing discrepancies in the county’s numbers. The pair changed their minds again, however, after President Trump called them personally on Tuesday evening after the certification process. Still, some argue that their meeting with the president so close to the state’s certification meeting is concerning. We expect the State Board of Canvassers to do its job and count the votes.”The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet at 1 p.m. on Monday.
Experts say next step of certifying Michigan votes is ‘simple’ process
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers is expected to certify the results of the 2020 election on Monday, Nov. 23. Several legal experts and local leaders say the state’s certification of votes is simply the next step in the process and should carry on normally, despite drama over the certification process in Wayne County this week. On Wednesday, Palmer and Hartmann filed affidavits saying they believed the county vote “should not be certified” in an attempt to rescind their decision. Michigan officials say that there is no legal mechanism in place for the members to change their vote following certification. “I’m not worried about any attempts for them to cast out Wayne County,” said Detroit NAACP Executive Director Kamilia Landrum.
AP Projects: Joe Biden wins Georgia in presidential election
The Associated Press is projecting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden won the state of Georgia in the General Election. As of 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 19, AP is calling the presidential race in the state of Georgia in favor of Joe Biden. Biden will receive 16 electoral votes from Georgia -- however, a candidate is allowed to request a recount in Georgia if the margin is within 0.5 percentage points. As of Thursday, Biden leads over Trump in Georgia by more than 12,000 votes, which is a 0.25 percent difference. A presidential candidate requires at least 270 electoral votes to win the election -- which Biden surpassed after winning the state of Pennsylvania on Saturday, Nov. 7.
Georgia hand tally of votes is complete, affirms Biden lead
Election officials in Georgia's 159 counties are undertaking a hand tally of the presidential race that stems from an audit required by state law. The complete hand recount stemmed from an audit required by a new state law and wasn’t in response to any suspected problems with the state’s results or an official recount request. The secretary of state’s office has until Friday at 5 p.m. to certify the election results. While not formally a recount under the letter of state law, the hand tally conducted to complete the audit was effectively a recount in practice. Votes that hadn't previously been counted were found in several counties during the audit, which required recertification of the election results in those counties.
Crowds gather to support election results in Detroit, denounce them in Lansing
It was another weekend of President Donald Trump supporters protesting against the election results. "We don’t feel that the election is fair.”Although a slightly smaller crowd in Downtown Detroit, Biden supporters had a different message. Luiz, with the group ‘Trump/Pence Out Now,’ said Trump claiming election fraud is causing more harm than good. Recently, several lawsuits claiming election fraud on behalf of Donald Trump were thrown out in several states, including Michigan. Biden supporters said it’s time to move on.
2 Congressional winners, 2 different views of the 2020 General Election
DETROIT – As the results of the 2020 election face challenges, two of Michigan’s members or soon-to-be members of congress have differing ideas about how the election played out, despite being congressional neighbors. “I think we should pause,” newcomer and Congresswoman-Elect Lisa McClain said, casting doubt on Michigan’s election process. “I think is the key is let’s make sure that we have a process that works. Pointing to the state of Florida, which broke for the President and counted votes quickly compared to other swing states. The example calling into question states like Pennsylvania, Arizona and Michigan were ballots after election night.
AP Projects: Donald Trump wins North Carolina in presidential election
All rights reserved)The Associated Press is projecting that Republican presidential candidate and incumbent Donald Trump won the state of North Carolina in the General Election. As of 3:48 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, AP is calling the presidential race in the state of North Carolina in favor of Donald Trump. Trump will receive 15 electoral votes from North Carolina. A presidential candidate requires at least 270 electoral votes to win the election. On Saturday, Nov. 7, Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden was declared the winner of the November election.
Republicans face court setbacks, Trump law firm steps down
The legal blows began when a federal appeals court rejected an effort to block about 9,300 mail-in ballots that arrived after Election Day in Pennsylvania. A Philadelphia judge found none as he refused late Friday to reject about 8,300 mail-in ballots there. Porter Wright filed the motion Thursday, as criticism grew that law firms backing the Republican election challenges were helping Trump defy the will of the American people. Porter Wright, which has earned more than $700,000 from the Trump campaign, appeared to take down its Twitter feed Tuesday after it was inundated with attacks. The firm did not reply to specific questions about the posts or whether it would stop representing the Trump campaign entirely.
2020 election ‘most secure in American history,’ according to Department of Homeland Security, more groups
Right now, across the country, election officials are reviewing and double checking the entire election process prior to finalizing the result. There is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. In Michigan, Trump and his team have filed a lawsuit in an effort to halt the state’s certification of its election results. The Trump campaign is suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson along with the Wayne County and the Michigan Board of Canvassers, which are in charge of reviewing elections. More: Hundreds provide testimonies -- but no real evidence -- in Trump campaign lawsuit to stop certification of Michigan election results
Hundreds provide testimonies -- but no real evidence -- in Trump campaign lawsuit to stop certification of Michigan election results
DETROIT – Hoping to halt a statewide certification of Michigan election results, the latest lawsuit by President Donald Trump’s campaign submitted hundreds of claims asserting GOP poll watchers were excluded from counting rooms or saw illegal activity in the count in the state. The Trump campaign is suing Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson along with the Wayne County and the Michigan Board of Canvassers, which are in charge of reviewing elections. Inside the lawsuit are 234 pages of affidavits from people claiming to have been Republican poll watchers who witnessed or were told about misconduct by mostly Detroit ballot counters. Both the Trump and Joe Biden campaigns have started asking Michigan voters specifically to help fund these upcoming legal battles. Democrats have already asked to be part of the Court of Claims appeal, opposing the Trump campaign.
What you need to know about the Electoral College’s role in a presidential election
DETROIT – On Saturday, Joe Biden clinched the presidential nomination with Pennsylvania’s 20 electoral votes. There is still a weeks-long timeline, during which the 538-member Electoral College picks the president. READ: Electoral College vs. popular vote in the United States: What to knowBecause democrat Gary Peters was more popular than Republican John James by more than 84,000 votes, Peters will remain a Michigan Senator. The Electoral College was devised because in the 1700′s the electorate, or general population, was thought to lack the knowledge and resources to have the ability to choose who was in the most important office in the country. Whoever wins the pot, wins the state and it’s electors.
WATCH LIVE: President-elect Biden addresses nation alongside Vice President-elect Harris
– President-elect Joe Biden will deliver remarks from Wilmington, Delaware at 8 p.m. Saturday alongside Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. A presidential candidate requires at least 270 electoral votes to win the election. Biden, resting at 264 electoral votes early Friday morning, was projected to win the state of Pennsylvania as of 11:25 a.m., according to The AP. With its 20 electoral votes up for grabs, Pennsylvania placed Biden at 284 electoral votes -- enough to call the race nearly four days after Election Day. The AP also projected that Biden won the state of Nevada on Saturday, bringing his electoral vote total to 290.
Live stream: Americans celebrate projected Biden victory throughout the nation
Americans around the country are coming together in celebration Saturday after Joe Biden was declared the projected president-elect earlier that day. As of Saturday morning, The Associated Press is projecting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election after wining the state of Pennsylvania. Biden, resting at 264 electoral votes early Friday morning, was projected to win the state of Pennsylvania as of 11:25 a.m., according to The AP. With its 20 electoral votes up for grabs, Pennsylvania placed Biden at 284 electoral votes -- enough to call the race nearly four days after Election Day. The AP also projected that Biden won the state of Nevada on Saturday, bringing his electoral vote total to 290.
AP Projects: Joe Biden wins Nevada in 2020 presidential race
All rights reserved)The Associated Press is projecting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the state of Nevada in the General Election. As of 9:13 a.m. PST on Saturday, November 7, AP called the presidential race in the state of Nevada in favor of Biden. Biden will receive 6 electoral votes from Nevada. A presidential candidate requires at least 270 electoral votes to win the election. Read more: Harris becomes first Black woman, South Asian elected VPFollow live 2020 General Election results here.
Trump loses 2020 election as Biden wins crucial Pennsylvania, AP projects
President Donald Trump has failed to win reelection, falling to Democratic challenger Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election, the Associated Press projected Saturday morning. As of 11:25 a.m. EST on Saturday, November 7, AP called the presidential race in the state of Pennsylvania in favor of Biden. EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for BidenBiden will receive 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania. A presidential candidate requires at least 270 electoral votes to win the election. This Pennsylvania win is enough to give Biden 284 electoral votes, allowing news outlets to project he has won the election.
Joe Biden wins 2020 presidential election, AP projects
All rights reserved)The Associated Press is projecting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the 2020 presidential election after wining the state of Pennsylvania. With this projected win in Pennsylvania, the AP is projecting Biden has defeated President Trump in the 2020 race for president. EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for BidenBiden will receive 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania. A presidential candidate requires at least 270 electoral votes to win the election. This Pennsylvania win is enough to give Biden 284 electoral votes.
AP Projects: Joe Biden wins Pennsylvania, defeats Trump in race for president
All rights reserved)The Associated Press is projecting that Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has won the state of Pennsylvania in the General Election. With this projected win in Pennsylvania, the AP is projecting Biden has defeated President Trump in the 2020 race for president. As of 11:25 a.m. EST on Saturday, November 7, AP called the presidential race in the state of Pennsylvania in favor of Biden. EXPLAINER: Why AP called Pennsylvania for BidenBiden will receive 20 electoral votes from Pennsylvania. This Pennsylvania win is enough to give Biden 284 electoral votes.
Joe Biden address the nation as ballot counting continues
A number of states have completed ballot counting -- including Michigan -- but some counting is still taking place in some key states, such as Arizona, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada. As of Friday, Nov. 6, Biden only needs one more state -- at least six electoral votes -- to get to 270 and be projected the winner. According to the AP’s projections, Biden has collected 264 electoral votes as of early Friday morning. Trump, meanwhile, has 214 electoral votes and needs to win Pennsylvania to stay in the race. There are four other states up for grabs: Alaska (3 electoral votes), Georgia (10), North Carolina (15) and Nevada (6).
Michigan AG addresses election integrity amid Trump lawsuits
DETROIT – As ballots continue to be counted across the country, day two after Election Day has been filled with legal challenges -- including in Michigan. Donald Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit in Michigan Wednesday to stop counting ballots over a claim that a poll challenger was denied access to view ballots being counted. “These are frivolous filings, and Judge Stephens, I think, seemed to appreciate that and summarily disposed of this case,” Nessel said. More: Michigan judge denies Trump campaign request to stop counting ballotsNessel is also urging the public not to believe everything they see online, as people allege wrongdoing occurred in the ballot-counting process in Michigan and beyond. Related: Trump and allies spread falsehoods to cast doubt on electionThe Trump campaign has the ability to appeal Jude Stephens' decision, but nothing has been filed officially as of Thursday afternoon.
Sen. Gary Peters claims victory; John James has ‘deep concerns’ about vote totals
As incumbent Sen. Gary Peters is declaring victory, Republican challenger John James is not ready to concede. In a statement Thursday, James said, “This campaign is not about me, it never has been. While Sen. Peters is currently ahead, I have deep concerns that millions of Michiganders may have been disenfranchised by a dishonest few who cheat." James also said he will accept the votes “and the will of the people” when the process is complete. If you have character and if you have integrity, you do it gracefully," Peters later said.
Experts put the ballot count protests at TCF Center in Detroit into perspective
In Arizona, as Joe Biden’s lead began to dwindle, Trump supporters showed up and chanted, “continue the count.”Local 4 spoke to Oakland University professors Dave Dulio, the director of Civic Engagement and professor of political science and professor Erin Dwyer from the Department of History. Dulio said he believes the chanters misspoke and meant to address the president’s unfounded assertion that there were not enough Republican observers watching the count. “You’re not seeing internal consistency,” she said. “You’re seeing a different problem.”She spoke to some of her friends who were in the building at the time and said this was not about continuing democracy, but interrupting it. “Yelling racial epithets at people in that building.”
EXPLAINER: What effect could lawsuits have on the presidential election?
Here, Colleen Long, a national reporter in the Washington bureau of The Associated Press who is leading coverage of the legal challenges, breaks down how these lawsuits could affect the presidential election. In Pennsylvania and Michigan, the campaign wanted to temporarily halt vote counting until Republicans got more oversight of the tally. Election law experts and state election officials have overwhelmingly said there has been no sign of widespread or even sporadic voter fraud. Bush v. Gore in 2000 was a good example of how litigation can affect the outcome of an election. No, there were hundreds filed before the election by both sides, and they had to do with changes to how the election was going to work because of the coronavirus pandemic.
‘I Worry About Civil Unrest’: CBS News Correspondent Laurie Segall On 2020 Election & Militia Groups
(CBS Local)– Tuesday is Election Day and several states around the country are preparing for violence and unrest regardless of the result in the 2020 Presidential Election. CBS News 60 in 6 correspondent Laurie Segall recently went to Michigan to talk with members of militia groups such as the Boogaloo Boys and the Michigan Home Guard about why these groups formed and why they think the country is headed towards a civil war. It was certainly a fascinating look at folks who feel their voices are not being heard and who believe there will be civil unrest to come.”The possibility of civil unrest is one of the most pressing issues facing law enforcement this election week. In Segall’s piece, she reveals that membership has doubled in the Michigan Home Guard since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. I worry about civil unrest.detroit.cbslocal.com
Margaret Brennan On First Presidential Debate: ‘I Would Love Our Country To Have A Serious Conversation About Where We Are Headed’
Like many others, Face The Nation host and CBS News foreign correspondent Margaret Brennan thought it was a struggle to watch. “I would have liked to have heard more about what the plan is to deal with all of those things,” said Brennan. We didn’t hear any of that and we certainly didn’t hear much of the economy. “I’m always imploring people to drop the tribal allegiances and hear what’s being said,” said Brennan. I would love to see us as a country have a serious conversation with ourselves about where we want to be headed.”detroit.cbslocal.com
Report warns of technology-based threats from WhatsApp, other apps prior to 2020 election
Bad actors could use Instagram images, WhatsApp messages, and altered deepfake videos of candidates to manipulate the coming election. NEW YORK CITY A major New York-based university is warning of potential technology-based threats that could compromise the 2020 presidential election, the website Tech Times reported. Because of the massive, sprawling nature of social media and especially encrypted apps like WhatsApp, stopping disinformation campaigns remains a daunting challenge. Instagram was used by the Russian Internet Research Agency in 2016, which was behind the 2016 manipulation effort, the article said. The report also suggested limiting WhatsApp message forward to a single group at a time in order to curb disinformation campaigns.arabamericannews.com