The Michigan Court of Appeals on Monday ruled against an effort
to conduct an “independent audit” of ballots in Wayne County, the
Democratic stronghold and most populous county in the Wolverine
The ruling means that certification of the county’s votes will
move forward as scheduled, unless a higher court intervenes.
What are the details?
Officially, the Michigan Court of Appeals rejected a request to
overturn a ruling made by Wayne County Circuit Chief Judge Timothy
Kenny last Friday.
The request, made in a lawsuit filed by attorney David Kallman
on behalf of two Wayne County voters, sought to force an
“independent audit” of Wayne County’s ballots, separate from the
audit already being conducted by the Wayne County Board of
according to the Detroit Free Press. The lawsuit also demanded
officials stop the certification of the county’s results and asked
the judge to completely void the election results.
The plaintiffs argued that voter fraud had occurred, but Kenny
did not buy the allegations. He called their claims “incorrect and
According to the Free Press, Kallman plans to appeal the appeals
court decision to the Michigan Supreme Court. But his efforts may
ultimately prove futile, since ballot certification begins Tuesday,
Nov. 17, at 3 p.m.
Any other lawsuits?
reported, four Michigan voters filed a separate lawsuit last
week seeking to invalidate approximately 1.2 million votes.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western
District of Michigan, requested that votes in three Democratic
stronghold counties — Wayne, Ingham, and Washtenaw — be tossed
out over allegations of voter fraud. Plaintiffs claimed there is
“sufficient evidence” that voter fraud occurred, citing “issues
with transparency, fraudulent changing of dates, a software glitch,
clerical errors, illegal votes, and many other issues and
Tossing the votes would have flipped the state in President
Donald Trump’s favor. But on Monday, plaintiffs
voluntarily withdrew the lawsuit.
According to Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel, the purpose
of the lawsuit was clear.
“This case was clearly designed to spread misinformation about
the security and integrity of Michigan elections,” Nessel said.
Meanwhile, an additional lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District
Court for the Western District of Michigan on Monday demanding an
audit of ballots — again, separate from the one that county
officials statewide already conduct — before the state’s results
are certified, according to the Free Press.
So far, no legal challenge launched by Trump’s campaign or his
supporters alleging voter fraud have been accepted by the court