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Tags: 2020 Elections | Election 2020 | Detroit Challenge

Lawyers in Heated Clash Over Integrity of Election in Detroit

Lawyers in Heated Clash Over Integrity of Election in Detroit
A protest in Lansing, Mich., last week. (Getty Images)

Wednesday, 11 November 2020 07:03 PM

An attorney urged a judge Wednesday to allow Detroit-area election officials to certify the Nov. 3 results, saying any halt would empower the "right-wing fire” trying to cast doubt on the outcome.

A lawsuit claims Republican challengers were removed from the TCF Center in Detroit while absentee ballots were being processed. The court filing also alleges that ballots were backdated, signatures on ballot envelopes weren't verified and other irregularities.

Attorney David Kallman wants a judge to order an audit of Detroit's vote and suspend any certification of election results by Wayne County until the work is done.

"There's plenty of evidence in our affidavits,” Kallman told Judge Timothy Kenny, chief judge, Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan.

The lawsuit is one of at least four in Michigan that have attacked the vote-counting process in Detroit, a Democratic city where Joe Biden easily defeated President Donald Trump. One of the lawsuits is pending in federal court.

An injunction would simply encourage the “right-wing fire,” David Fink, a lawyer for Detroit, told the judge. “It provides fuel to those who want to undermine our democracy by saying voting isn’t fair, voting isn’t honest. ... This was a clear, clean, open and fair election.”

The issues raised around the U.S. by Trump’s allies are typical in every election: problems with signatures, secrecy envelopes and postal marks on mail-in ballots, as well as the potential for a small number of ballots miscast or lost.

But would any have an impact significant enough to change the election outcome?

Kenny said he would make a decision by Friday.

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, a Democrat, noted that election results were being challenged in Detroit, where Blacks make up roughly 80% of the population, but not in large counties where whites are the majority.

Nessel said she believes there's an underlying theme in the lawsuits that “Black people are incompetent.” She said the challenges are frivolous.

Georgia and Pennsylvania are among the other states in which the president and his legal surrogates are looking to upend the election outcomes, which favored challenger Joe Biden. In both states, local officials contention that the election was carried out fairly have collided with allegations by the Trump legal team that there was widespread balloting fraud, ballot stuffing, voting by dead people and the like.

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An attorney urged a judge Wednesday to allow Detroit-area election officials to certify the Nov. 3 results, saying any halt would empower the "right-wing fire" trying to cast doubt on the outcome. A lawsuit claims Republican challengers were removed from the TCF Center in...
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