Workers with the Detroit Department of Elections assist arrange absentee ballots on the Central Counting Board within the TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan.
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President Donald Trump’s marketing campaign mentioned Wednesday that it had filed swimsuit to halt the counting of ballots in Michigan, because the marketing campaign seeks what it referred to as “meaningful access” to watch the tallying course of at quite a few places in that battleground state.
The Trump marketing campaign additionally mentioned that its lawsuit calls for that the marketing campaign be allowed to “review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.”
The announcement comes because the Republican incumbent faces an ultra-tight race in opposition to Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden in Michigan, and in a handful of different battlegrounds, together with Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Nevada.
A lady who answered the cellphone on the clerk’s workplace on the Michigan Court of Claims mentioned she was conscious of the Trump marketing campaign assertion, but additionally mentioned the workplace had not but acquired the lawsuit.
At the time the swimsuit was introduced, NBC News was reporting that Biden was main Trump by 49.5% of the votes solid in Michigan, in comparison with 48.8% p.c for Trump, a margin of fewer than 38,000 votes.
A complete of 94% of the ballots within the state had been counted to date.
The swimsuit was introduced as Trump instructed, with none proof, that Michigan had “found” ballots to disclaim a victory to John James, the Republican nominee for the Senate race in Michigan.
“As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be,” mentioned Bill Stepien, Trump 2020 marketing campaign supervisor.
“President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law,” Stepien mentioned.
“We have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access,” Stepien mentioned.
“President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.”
A spokeman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel mentioned in response, “Michigan’s elections have been conducted transparently, with access provided for both political parties and the public, and using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately.”
” At this time our department has not been notified by the Court of Claims about this lawsuit and when we are served, we will review it and respond accordingly,” mentioned the spokesman, Ryan Jarvi. “Michigan will always continue to protect the rights of all voters to have their ballots counted.”
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson earlier Wednesday mentioned the state will end counting ballots by Thursday morning.
Benson mentioned Michigan is concentrated “on counting every single ballot.”
– Additional reporting by Kevin Breuninger