The reelection campaign of President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit in Michigan’s Court of Claims demanding a stop to ballot counting in Michigan “until meaningful access has been provided” to observe the method of ballot counting, but the claims are countered by Democratic officials in Michigan.
“We also request that those ballots that are opened and counted be checked while we have no meaningful access,” the campaign said in a statement.
The campaign said that access to “numerous counting sites” to observe the procedure “as assured by Michigan law” had been refused.
As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, as we always knew it would be, the presidential race in the state remains extremely close, “said Bill Stepien, campaign manager for Trump’s 2020 campaign.”
The statement from the campaign did not mention the places where access was refused, and a copy of the complaint was not immediately available.
A copy of the suit had not been served to Attorney General Dana Nessel’s office as of Wednesday afternoon, according to the Attorney General’s office.
“The elections in Michigan were conducted in a transparent manner, with access given to both political parties and the public, and using a comprehensive system of controls and balances to ensure that all ballots are equally and accurately counted,” said Ryan Jarvi, Nessel’s office spokesman.
Mark Brewer, a former Michigan Democratic Party chairman and lawyer, said that the case is “as frivolous a lawsuit as it comes.”
Brewer spent the entire Wednesday at the TCF Center in Detroit, where absentee ballots are processed, and collaborated with those who were present on Monday and Tuesday. In Detroit, absentee voting count irregularities marred the August primary and led the office of Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to form an alliance to correct the problems with Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey.
“I’m at TCF, and in recent days, there have been hundreds of GOP challengers here,” Brewer said, adding that they were “ill-trained” and “rude.”
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