DETROIT – After Democrats and Republicans sent their 134 allocated “challengers” to a counting site on Wednesday, election officials banned other outside challengers from entering.
The cap on poll observers was state regulated. But in line with growing GOP panic that the continuation of the count could endow Democratic challenger Joe Biden with the presidency, a crowd of crowd-like Republicans shouted ‘stop voting’ and ‘let us inOutside the building where critical mail ballots were still being counted.
Biden was due to beat President Donald Trump in Michigan on Wednesday, after Trump falsely declared a national victory and announced his intention to prevent the counting of all ballots. Throughout the day, Trump and other Republicans peddled baseless allegations of voter fraud, such as falsely claiming that Biden’s gains came from fake ballots, or that a mistake with the Sharpie marker voided some. pro-Trump votes in Arizona.
Trump supporters at the TCF Center in Detroit rallied around a young Black Biden supporter, chanting “We love Trump!” The competing camps of Trump and Biden – Democrat supporters soon equaled MAGA fans in the shadows – then dueled “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter” chants. Republicans also crowded police and TCF security guards, who guarded the gates.
Laura, a Trump supporter from Manchester, Michigan, asked to speak with an officer’s supervisor. Laura, who declined to give her last name for what she said were professional reasons, told the Daily Beast that a grassroots group had called her to the TCF center to act as a poll observer. She claimed Democratic observers inside the building outnumbered Republicans, although reports from inside the building documented more than 100 of each.
“It’s very corrupt, it’s not a fair process,” she said, claiming the “bogus Michigan Department of Health” was making arbitrary and unconstitutional rules that prevented Republicans from monitoring the count. .
The Republican hijinks appear to be the party’s latest attempt to stop or discredit the count. The show – which saw dozens of Republicans singing outside the building – came hours after the Trump campaign hinted at a possible legal challenge to stop the state’s vote count. Around 4 p.m., the campaign filed this complaint in court.
Laura Cox, President of the Michigan Republican Party, tweeted Wednesday that her party’s ballot candidates were not allowed into the TCF Center. “The Republican poll challengers have been barred from entering the TCF Center in Detroit!” she tweeted. “It’s obvious!”
In fact, as the Detroit News reported, more than 100 challengers from his party were already inside. The site hosted 134 challengers from each party, as well as 134 challengers from non-partisan groups like the Election Integrity Fund.
Mark Brewer, a Democratic lawyer, confirmed to the Daily Beast that there were at least 100 GOP ballot candidates inside the building. He added that they had the same access as Democrats and that claims they were outnumbered were false.
In fact, Brewer said that at one point the GOP challengers were by far the Democrats. He went so far as to say that opponents were “ill-mannered, ill-prepared and rude” and were actively working to disrupt the process.
The crushing of so-called Republican challengers even appeared to prevent some Democratic lawyers from entering, according to Jordan Acker, attorney and official voting challenger for the Michigan Democratic Party.
“In fact, the @MIGOP has so swamped the Detroit counting room with ‘challengers’ (most of whom are not lawyers), preventing Dem’s real lawyers from entering. Of course, that sounds like a deliberate attempt to try and steal the election, ”Acker tweeted, alongside video of the challengers lined up at the gates shouting.
Police were on hand to protect the doors to the counting room. The scene drew comparisons to the 2000s ‘Brooks Brothers Riot’, in which a mob of Republicans stormed a counting site in Florida, disrupting operations. The state’s vote count was eventually turned over to the Supreme Court, which ruled in favor of Republican George W. Bush Jr., handing over the election.
Trump’s campaign team was mounting a similar legal challenge in Michigan. Although the state, like others, still counts legally cast ballots, the Trump campaign has sought to stop that count. Many of the ballots counted in Michigan and elsewhere are mail-in ballots that should maintain a lead over Biden.
Trump’s campaign manager Bill Stepien also claimed his party did not have sufficient access to Michigan’s vote count.
“We brought an action today in the Michigan Claims Court to suspend the count until meaningful access has been granted,” Stepien said in a statement Wednesday. “We also demand to review ballots that were opened and counted when we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else. “
Earlier Wednesday, Michigan state officials said they had not been prosecuted and dismissed the campaign’s claims.
“Michigan’s election was conducted in a transparent manner, with access provided to political parties and the public, and using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately,” Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said in a statement. 3 p.m. local time.
“At this time, our department has not been informed by the Court of the claims in this lawsuit and when we are served we will review it and respond accordingly. Michigan will always continue to protect the right of all voters to have their ballots counted. “
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