President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced that it would be filing a lawsuit to stop the counting of votes in Michigan until they were allowed to oversee the counting process. The announcement came just after Democratic challenger Joe Biden took the lead in the state. His victory in the state was even called on conservative networks like Fox news.
Trump Campaign manager Bill Stepien said that they were not given “meaningful access” to watch the ballots be opened at numerous locations.
“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. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else,” Stepien said in a statement.
A statement from the Trump campaign:
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel has promised to allow the counting to continue despite the Trump campaign’s lawsuit.
“We are obviously leading a full court press to make sure that we have all of our legal teams that are in place. We want to make sure that all legally cast ballots are counted. We also want to make sure that illegally cast ballots are not counted,” senior Trump campaign adviser Jason Miller said.
The Trump administration is now contesting the results in states like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
“There have been reports of irregularities in several Wisconsin counties which raise serious doubts about the validity of the results. The President is well within the threshold to request a recount and we will immediately do so,” Stepien said.
Former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is unsure if a recount will be allowed in the state because the candidates are separated by 20,000 votes.
Rudy Giuliani, the controversial former mayor of New York City, and close Trump advisor, will be leading the president’s legal efforts to stop Pennsylvania and Wisconsin from counting the remaining votes. He also mentioned Nevada during a recent press conference given in Philadelphia.
On Wednesday morning, Governor Tom Wolf warned that the final results may take several days.
“We may not know the results today, but it’s important that we have accurate results. Make no mistake: our democracy is being tested in this election. I’ll do everything in my power to ensure that the results are fair and that EVERY VOTE is counted. Pennsylvania will have a fair election free of outside influences, and we will vigorously defend any attempt to attack the vote,” Wolf tweeted.
Democrats have also accused Republicans of fraud in some jurisdictions. In Georgia, a burst pipe caused delays in counting up to 60,000 absentee ballots in Fulton County, one of the largest counties in Georgia, which has an African-American majority.
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