An attorney urged a judge Wednesday to allow Detroit-area election officials to certify the Nov. 3 results, saying any halt would empower the “right-wing fire” trying to cast doubt on the outcome.
A lawsuit claims Republican challengers were removed from the TCF Center in Detroit while absentee ballots were being processed. The court filing also alleges that ballots were backdated, signatures on ballot envelopes weren’t verified and other irregularities.
Attorney David Kallman wants a judge to order an audit of Detroit’s vote and suspend any certification of election results by Wayne County until the work is done.
“There’s plenty of evidence in our affidavits,” Kallman told Judge Timothy Kenny, chief judge, Third Judicial Circuit Court of Michigan.
The lawsuit is one of at least four in Michigan that have attacked the vote-counting process in Detroit, a Democratic city where Joe Biden easily defeated President Donald Trump. One of the lawsuits is pending in federal court.
An injunction would simply encourage the “right-wing fire,” David Fink, a lawyer for Detroit, told the judge. “It provides fuel to those who want to undermine our democracy by saying voting isn’t fair, voting isn’t honest. … This was a clear, clean, open and fair election.”