Amended Michigan Lawsuit Urges Delay in Certification of Wayne County Election Results Due to Systematic Ballot Manipulation

Amherst, Virginia/November 5, 2020 – An amended lawsuit has been filed in Michigan State Court regarding as many as tens of thousands of ballots that were improperly completed by Wayne County election board officials and Democratic election observers.  

As routinely happens, some ballots were rejected by machines for being illegible. For these ballots to eventually count, a new ballot must be filled out by hand. In clear violation of the law, only Democrats completed and returned numerous initially rejected ballots.  

According to Michigan law [MCL 168.765a (10)] and the a previous directive from the Michigan Secretary of State, there must be both a Republican and Democrat who agree with the intent of the voter before the new ballot can be filled in and tabulated. The key operative language from the above statute is, “At all times, at least 1 election inspector from each major political party must be present at the absent voter counting place and the policies and procedures adopted by the secretary of state regarding the counting of the absent voter ballots must be followed.”  

Phill Kline, Director of The Amistad Project, which is supporting the litigation said, “This is about protecting the integrity of Michigan’s election. The ballots in question need to be quarantined and closely reviewed by members of both parties. That is why we are taking this urgent against Detroit’s City Election Commission, the Detroit City Clerk and the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.” 

Mr. Kline added, “The law allows this moment of pause to ensure the election is fair and accurate. As such, elections are not immediately certified. We should use this pause to ensure America has the fair and accurate election it deserves. Also, the effort to determine what happened can be greatly facilitated by election officials simply opening their books to show how they managed the election. Transparency is key to a fair election and the public has a right to know.”  

REFERENCE: Case No. 20-014604-CZ in the State of Michigan, Third Judicial Circuit Court, County of Wayne, Sarah Stoddard and Election Integrity Fund (Plaintiffs) v. City Election Commission of the City of Detroit, and Janice Winfrey, in her official capacity as Detroit City Clerk and chairperson of the City Election Commission, and Wayne County Board of Canvassers (Defendants)  The Amistad Project, whose mission is to preserve civil liberties, is an initiative of The Thomas Society, a not-for-profit national public interest law firm.