3rd Circuit Court Ruling Notes Fair Ballot Counting in Michigan
DETROIT, MI – Late this afternoon Timothy Kenny, chief judge of Michigan’s Third Circuit Court, denied a petition seeking preliminary injunctive relief that would have required Detroit and Wayne County to retain all ballots and poll books and would prevent the Wayne County Board of Canvassers from certifying election results.
In his decision in Stoddard, et.al. v City Election Commission of the City of Detroit, et.al., Judge Kenny said “Plaintiffs’ allegation is mere speculation … and are unable to meet their burden for the relief sought.”
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi issued the following statement:
“Chief Judge Kenny’s quick decision mirrors a decision yesterday by Court of Claims Judge Stephens – specifically, that, once again, the allegations are mere speculation. The swift, clear and decisive opinion should put to rest the meritless claims that have been made in Michigan and other states around the country. We have always been committed to a fair, transparent and secure election that ensures every legal vote is counted – and we will continue to do that.”
In another lawsuit, those connected to the Trump campaign made allegations that they were denied access to oversee the ballot counting process.
Michigan Court of Claims Issues Opinion Denying Trump Campaign’s Requests in Election Lawsuit
The complaint alleges that plaintiff Eric Ostegren was “excluded from the counting board during the absent voter ballot review process.” Plaintiff did not provide details of when or where they were excluded or denied access.
Michigan Court of Claims Judge Cynthia Stephens issued her opinion today in Trump v Benson, the lawsuit filed by the Trump campaign against Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
Judge Stephens denied plaintiffs’ requests after she held a hearing and listened to arguments Thursday, during which she ruled the Trump campaign’s lawsuit was unlikely to succeed on the merits. Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi released the following statement:
“The Trump campaign’s lawsuit demonstrates either a failed attempt by plaintiffs to cobble together a legitimate claim, or their clear lack of understanding of Michigan’s election laws. The Court correctly described the campaign’s claims as nothing more than hearsay, and our office will ask the Court to dismiss this meritless lawsuit. The will of voters is what matters in this election, and their ballots in Michigan have been counted in a transparent, fair and accurate manner.”