A state judge on Thursday dismissed a Trump campaign lawsuit seeking to stop counting absentee ballots in Michigan.
Court claims Judge Cynthia Stephens said that during a hearing she would dismiss the campaign’s lawsuit, filed the previous day, alleged Republican officials were denied access to the video of the ballot drop box.
Stephens said it intended to issue a written decision on Friday afternoon.
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The judge said the lawsuit filed against Michigan’s Secretary of State was partly inadequate, because that office is not involved with the local counting process at the center of the Trump campaign’s complaint.
He also said that at this stage very little support would be available for the campaign as the counting process was almost complete.
“In this instance, where the issue is about the day-to-day conduct of the counting, those who have responsibility absolve the secretary of state – removing them from their responsibility due to misunderstandings or malfunctions with local election officials. Are, “Stephens said.” So the relief that is being sought in substantial part is completely unavailable through the Secretary of State. “
“Additionally, even if this relief was available, as opposed to when this suit was announced yesterday morning, and the count was commencing, it was recorded at 4 o’clock, at which point But the count had gone up substantially, I am told, “the judge continued.
Stephens said she did not agree with Trump’s campaign’s argument that the counting of votes in her lawsuit merged and that it is unconstitutional “on behalf of whoever is properly before this court to manage the issue There is a clear legal duty. “
The campaign has also filed similar lawsuits in Pennsylvania and Georgia, where Biden is closing the gap with Trump in the narrow running count. A Georgia judge dismissed the campaign’s lawsuit on Thursday, while Philadelphia election officials are appealing a ruling that would allow the campaign to more closely monitor the counting process.
Michigan Attorney General spokesman Ryan Jarvie praised Stephens’ decision.
“They identified similar defects in the scope of the campaign as we did, namely the complete lack of evidence and qualitative legal arguments on the part of election officials wrongly,” Jarvi said in a statement. “Michigan elections have been fair, transparent and reflect the will of voters, and we will continue to defend against any challenge that claims otherwise.”
Updated at 2:37 pm