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Trump campaign asks federal court to stop Michigan from certifying election results

steve carmody
Michigan Radio

The Trump campaign is going to federal court to try to stop the state of Michigan from certifying last week’s election results.

The lawsuit was filed overnight in the Western District federal court in Grand Rapids. It counts more than 200 pages of affidavits, many hand written, by poll challengers.

In the lawsuit, the campaign alleges "irregularities" in Detroit’s counting of absentee ballots.   The suit also raises concerns over a computer software problem in Antrim County, which initially showed Democrat Joe Biden winning the largely Republican north Michigan county. That issue has since been corrected.

Unofficial results show Democratic Joe Biden winning the state by about 147,000 votes. Trump campaign officials won’t say if they believe the lawsuit will close the gap.

Trump attorney Matt Morgan claims the campaign's questions about the voting process should be answered.

“Our complaint will request that the Michigan Secretary of State not certify the election results until we have been able verify confirm ballots cast....tabulated according to the law,” says Morgan.

But so far similiar allegations of voting irregularities have not stood up in separate cases in Georgia and Pennsylvania. The campaign’s effort to get a state court to intervene has so far failed.

38 Michigan counties have so far completed their post-election canvassing process. The deadline for counties to complete their canvasses is next Tuesday. 

Steve Carmody has been a reporter for Michigan Public since 2005. Steve previously worked at public radio and television stations in Florida, Oklahoma and Kentucky, and also has extensive experience in commercial broadcasting.