A Michigan court on Tuesday denied a lawsuit that sought an audit of Wayne County’s election results by county clerks, noting that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced an audit last month.
In 2018, voters in the state approved a Michigan constitutional amendment that allows for a statewide audit of the election results. Kenny said the law doesn’t provide county clerks the authority to carry out an audit separate from the secretary of state’s office.
“This court finds no legal authority that permits the Wayne County Clerk to conduct an audit of Wayne County election results or that separates the audit from the oversight of the secretary of state,” Kenny wrote.
The lawsuit, filed by two residents in Wayne County, which includes the Democratic stronghold Detroit, alleged that officials in Wayne County oversaw a fraudulent election.
The plaintiffs in the suit were poll challengers, represented by the Great Lakes Justice Center, who alleged restrictions on poll observers in Wayne County. They also noted late-arriving mail-in ballots and said workers from Wayne County’s clerk’s office encouraged early voters to vote for presidential candidate Joe Biden and other Democrats.
“There’s nothing new here,” Detroit lawyer David Fink argued, saying Kenny should reject their latest lawsuit. “This is just a warmed over argument repeated again now to have another bite at the apple. But it’s not a bite at the judicial apple. It’s a bite at the apple of public confidence.”
But their lawyer, David Kallman, said the plaintiffs have the right to call for an audit based on the 2018 constitutional amendment.
“What we’re asking for is what’s clear under this statute, is that the county clerk perform the audit under the direction and supervision of the secretary of state,” Kallman said, per the Detroit News.
A GOP poll observer at Detroit’s TCF center, Hima Kolanagireddy, told lawmakers that during her interactions with Democratic poll observers and election workers on Election Day, she faced intimidation when she wore a tag indicating she was with the GOP. When she wore a tag saying she was independent, she was treated differently.
Kolanagireddy alleged that Democrats, ACLU lawyers, and Detroit poll workers only challenged claims made by Republican observers—not Democratic ones.
A spokesperson for Michigan’s Secretary of State’s office, in a statement to The Epoch Times last week, responded to the allegations in the Michigan hearing.
“No actual evidence of any wrongdoing or fraud was presented, despite repeated questions requesting such evidence from lawmakers,” the spokesperson said on Dec. 2 following the event. “Instead we saw a regurgitation of vague accusations based on lack of knowledge of election procedure and widely debunked conspiracy theories. We hope the state Senate will allow future testimony illustrating the facts underlying this election.”