President Donald Trump is going to court in Michigan to stop the state from certifying its results in the presidential election.
Alleging voter fraud, the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit Tuesday claiming that Republican poll watchers were denied transparency at Wayne County’s main voting center, the Washington Examiner reported.
The campaign is asking that results not be certified “until we have been able to verify and confirm that the ballots that were cast were tabulated according to the law,” lawyer Matt Morgan said, according to the Examiner.
He went on: “The complaint is based on affidavits showing that designated challengers were denied meaningful observation as required by law.”
“Physically and intentionally blocked”
In the sworn affidavits, poll watchers described a pattern of intimidation and hostility, claiming that they were “physically and intentionally blocked” and that Republicans, but not Democrats, were required to stay six feet apart, according to Fox News. Many said they were prevented from challenging ballots, and election workers would “applaud, cheer, and yell whenever a Republican challenger was ejected from the counting area,” the suit alleges, according to The Epoch Times.
Witnesses also said they observed ballots being cast multiple times, ballots being counted without signatures or postmarks, spoiled ballots being counted, and election workers entering new records for voters with a birth date of January 1, 1900, if they did not show up in the poll books, The Detroit News reported.
The lawsuit also raises concerns about a software glitch with Dominion Voting Systems tabulators, which caused Antrim County to incorrectly record 6,000 Trump votes for Joe Biden.
Campaign remains confident
Trump’s campaign has made similar claims in other states where they are challenging the election results, but Democratic statewide officials have consistently dismissed them.
“In Michigan, I am proud to confirm that all valid ballots, and only valid ballots, have been counted, securely, and accurately and that our election results reflect the will of the people,” Michigan’s Democratic secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, said, according to the Washington Examiner.
The Trump campaign also filed a lawsuit in Pennsylvania on Monday asking that the vote not be certified. The margin there is much closer, with Biden ahead by less than 1%. Biden is leading Michigan by nearly three points.
“We do not think we’re going to eat the apple in one bite, but a large part of these lawsuits is to gather further information,” the Trump campaign’s communications director, Tim Murtaugh, said, according to the Daily Caller.
“We do ultimately believe that President Trump will win this election,” he added.