The lawsuit was aimed at halting any efforts by the Trump campaign and the president to get state officials to cancel their ballots or appoint voters who do not represent election results in their state. Numerous efforts have been cited to cast doubt on the election, from Trump’s personal tweets to a White House meeting on Friday between the Republican legislature and Trump.
Plaintiffs included three black Detroit residents – Teasha K. Jones, Nicole L. Hill, and Maureen Taylor – who voted in this year’s election, as well as the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys from the NAACP Legal Defense Fund.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan with around 150,000 votes, as well as a handful of other critical swing states that earned him a majority on the electoral college. Biden’s leadership was especially notable in Wayne Countywhere he was ahead of Trump by more than 332,000 votes.
Trump’s legal team has launched a number of legal challenges and publicly alleged mass fraud to de-legitimize election results. Trump campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani said at a news conference Thursday, “If you take Wayne County off, it will change the results of the Michigan elections.”
The legal challenges of the Trump campaign in a number of major swing states were dismiss by judges as unfounded. The Trump campaign canceled his own complaint to question the Michigan election results on Thursday.
Her lawsuit quoted two Wayne County Republican officials who refused to approve the election list on Tuesday night. But the officials didn’t confirm the choice until hours later.
Detroit attorneys asked a judge to remove the campaign’s claims in their withdrawn lawsuit as a sanction for spreading disinformation, Reuters reported Friday.
Trump received Republican members of Michigan’s Legislature in one at the White House on Friday opaque meeting that seemed like a last-ditch effort to swing the state in his favor.
Trump’s allies recently put in place a legally questionable method of getting state lawmakers to appoint friendly voters. After their White House meeting, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield both claimed they had “not been informed of any information that would alter the Michigan election results.”