The plaintiff became defendant as a group of black detroiters and the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization sued President Donald Trump for post-election efforts to nullify their votes.
MWRO and Detroit voters Maureen Taylor, Nicole Hill and Teasha Jones are suing Trump and her campaign in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia for trying to make it impossible for voters in Detroit.
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The plaintiffs are represented by attorneys at the NAACP Law Enforcement and Education Fund.
“After several unsuccessful lawsuits, defendants have now turned to a new strategy: state and local officials are putting pressure on them not to verify election results in key states, and then state legislatures will override voters’ will by installing President Trump’s ballot paper.” the applicants argue.
Read the full complaint here.
The plaintiffs ask a judge to declare that Trump and his team violate section 11 (b) of the Voting Rights Act 1965 by intimidating and coercing state and local officials not to count their votes.
Offenders can be fined up to $ 5,000 and / or sentenced to five years in prison.
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The plaintiffs are also asking a judge to prevent Trump and his team from putting further pressure on officials not to verify the election results and to appoint an illegal ballot board that would award Michigan Electoral College votes to Trump.
Joe Biden beat Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes. Trump beat Hillary Clinton in Michigan in 2016 with less than 11,000 votes.
“The tactics of the defendants repeat the most serious abuses in the history of our nation, as Black Americans have denied the voice of American democracy for much of the first two centuries of the Republic,” the plaintiffs said in the lawsuit.
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The Trump campaign has not yet responded to the lawsuit. The Michigan State Advisory Board will meet Monday afternoon to verify the results.
Trump’s attorneys have filed a couple of lawsuits to try to throw out votes in Michigan – one was rejected, another lost in the lawsuit and an appeal is pending because the campaign resulted in inadequate paperwork.
Trump’s team also supported Michigan lawsuits led by other Republicans – none of which were successful. Attorney Rudy Giuliani said last week, “it will change the outcome of the Michigan election if it takes Wayne County out.”
Trump also summoned Speaker Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake last week.
After the meeting, Chatfield and Shirkey issued a statement: “We have not yet been informed of any information that could change the outcome of the Michigan election and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process for the Michigan election. voters. “
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