A chaotic scene erupted outside the polling booth at the TCF Center in Detroit when election officials announced dozens of challengers that they were unable to re-enter the room due to its overcrowding.


A Michigan judge on Thursday dismissed a Trump campaign challenge to Michigan’s vote count, saying local officials had completed the tally of the November 3 election and had no chance. Legal basis or evidence to grant what the campaign requires.

Trump’s campaign filed a lawsuit late on Wednesday in an apparent last-ditch effort to stop Democrat Joe Biden from outdoing Republican President Donald Trump in the Michigan vote as secretaries count. check the absentee ballots in Detroit and other major cities that belong mainly to Biden.

Trump has filed similar lawsuits in other tightly disputed battlefield states.

Thor Hearne, Trump’s campaign attorney, said he wanted an order directing Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to demand “meaningful access” for campaign poll followers of the censorship. state ballots, plus access to video surveillance for voting boxes installed around status after October 1.

Stephens said the Michigan vote count, which showed Democrat Joe Biden received about 150,000 more votes than Republican Donald Trump, was complete on Thursday morning.

That made the request for access controversial, but Stephens said Benson issued a meaningful access directive for those who followed the poll at local polling sites. That directive stems from a separate recent lawsuit involving securing proper access during the coronavirus pandemic, with requirements for how far away society is involved, she said.

As for the video tapes, Stephens said there is no legal basis for Benson to provide – or are expected to provide – access to video monitoring of ballot boxes installed by local officials.

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A law recently passed by the Michigan Legislature requiring video surveillance of voting boxes installed after Oct. 1, but assistant Attorney General Heather Meingast said the law does not require Benson or the Her agency tracks the boxes installed after October 1, let alone provide access to video. The voting box is primarily a local function.

Stephens said an affidavit submitted by Trump’s campaign in which a Michigan lawyer who oversees the Detroit poll accused her of having been informed of an incorrectly changed date of date. received a ballot, is considered a rumor. She also questioned how the affidavit relates to the relief the Trump campaign is demanding.

Kevin Hamilton, an attorney for the Democratic National Committee, which sought to intervene in the case, also urged Stephens to dismiss the lawsuit.

Hamilton called the lawsuit “an attempt to stop the tallying of the votes of Michigan voters, who have full right to vote.”

Stephens was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 2008 by former Democratic Governor Jennifer Granholm. The court asked to lure its judges from the Court of Appeal.

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