A Michigan judge has dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit to temporarily stop the Michigan vote count.
As LegalReader reported earlier this week, the lawsuit was one of several that President Trump’s re-election campaign had filed against hotly contested states such as Michigan, Nevada and Georgia. In Michigan, the commander-in-chief alleged irregularities in the vote count and ordered a state court to suspend the election count until more Republican election observers could observe the process.
According to The Detroit Free Press, Thor Hearne – a Trump campaign attorney – filed the complaint Wednesday night. Hearne had hoped a court would issue an order urging Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to give election observers “meaningful access” and access to video surveillance of ballot boxes.
However, Michigan Court of Claims judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed the lawsuit. In her decision, Stephens noted that the state’s ballot counting was completed by Thursday morning. As a result, Hearnes’ request for “meaningful access” was put up for discussion.
Stephens also said a previous lawsuit made many of the same requests – and that Secretary of State Benson actually issued a directive calling for more election observers.
Regarding surveillance tapes, Stephens stated that the Trump campaign did not make a compelling case as to why it should be allowed to video record.
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“I have no basis to determine that there is a significant chance of success based on merit on this defendant, and I am not convinced that anyone who stands before this court immediately has a clear legal obligation to do so fix problem, ”wrote Stephens.
The Detroit News says a similar lawsuit, also filed by the Trump campaign, has been dismissed in Georgia.
But the campaign’s ongoing defeat in courtrooms across the country hasn’t stopped President Trump from repeatedly claiming that Democrats are using fraud and cunning to steal the elections.
“Detroit and Philadelphia, known as two of the most corrupt political places in our country, can easily not be responsible for determining the outcome of a presidential race,” said Trump.
One way or another, Democratic attorneys have said that Trump’s efforts to sue left-wing states are completely out of context in Michigan. Democratic National Committee attorney Kevin Hamilton told the Detroit News that Michigan’s electoral system is run by more than 1,500 employees, each of whom conduct their own elections, count their own ballots and report the results independently. So it didn’t make much sense to name Benson as a defendant.
Hamilton said Trump’s lawsuit was little more than an “effort to stop the counting of ballots cast by Michigan voters who were fully eligible”.
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