Michigan Appeals Court strikes down early Trump campaign lawsuit

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(WWJ) The Michigan Court of Appeals has struck down a request to overturn one of the first lawsuits filed by the Trump campaign in the wake of the November election.

In the 2-1 ruling, Judges Stephen Borrello and Amy Ronayne-Krause wrote the Michigan election results have already been certified. They argued, for that reason, candidates can only petition for a recount, making the appeal moot.

On the opposing side; Judge Patrick Meter wrote, in part, the lawsuit is still valid because state electors have not been seated, and the Electoral College has not been formally assembled.

The loss for the Trump campaign comes on the same day Nevada rejected a bid to overturn the certification of its election results. Judges also threw out lawsuits on Friday to challenge President-Elect Joe Biden’s victory in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Arizona.

The Associate Press reports more than 30 out of about 50 lawsuits brought by the Trump campaign nationwide following the election have been dropped or rejected.

Here in Michigan, the Trump campaign has filed a tangle of lawsuits. The campaign slammed the Michigan Court of Claims with the first one the day after the election, demanding a halt to the vote count across the state.

The original lawsuit was brought on the heels of someone coming forward, claiming she overheard an unknown person say a poll worker was ordered to change the date on at least one absentee ballot—to make it seem as if it arrived on an earlier date.

Officials in Detroit and Wayne County and the state, meanwhile, have denied all allegations of fraud in the counting of ballots.

Lawyers for the city say no ballots received after 8 p.m. on Election Day were even brought to TCF Center in Detroit, where absentee votes were counted. The city attorney says, in fact, "there were no instances of unsecured ballots" delivered to TCF, let alone thousands.

At least two similar lawsuits in Michigan have been thrown out for lack of evidence.

About a week later, the campaign filed a new federal lawsuit in the Western District of Michigan, asking a judge to stop the state from certifying results.

The State Board of Canvassers officially certified the election results on November 23 3-0, with one abstention.

The Electoral College is slated to vote on Tuesday. Michigan has 16 Electoral votes.

Biden took home victory over President Trump by about 150,000 votes in Michigan—nearly 15 times the margin Mr. Trump won by in 2016.