Trump Campaign Alleges ‘Pervasive’ Election Irregularities in Michigan, Seeks Audit of Dominion Voting Software

November 11, 2020 Updated: November 11, 2020

President Donald Trump’s reelection campaign announced that it will file a lawsuit on Nov. 10 which will allege pervasive election irregularities and violations in Michigan’s Wayne County and seeks a review of the Dominion Voting software which caused glitches in several states.

Trump campaign general counsel Matt Morgan said the lawsuit (pdf) was set to be filed on Tuesday evening in the U.S. District Court in the Western District of Michigan. The lawsuit will include 100 sworn witness affidavits, each alleging multiple violations of the state’s election law.

The lawsuit will seek “to determine the accuracy of the tabulating equipment or software used in Michigan because there have been reports of inaccuracies in those tabulations,” Morgan said.

Both Dominion and the Michigan Secretary of State have disputed an allegation made by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and other GOP officials which said that a glitch in the Dominion software switched 6,000 GOP votes to Democrats. Dominion software is used in 47 Michigan counties. Issues with the Dominion software were also reported in three counties in Georgia.

“But we have not yet been able to verify whether similar errors occurred in other counties where that software is being used. And we seek to do that in this lawsuit,” Trump campaign counsel Thor Hearne told reporters during a press call on Nov. 10.

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Trump supporters demonstrate at the Michigan state capitol in Lansing, Michigan, on Nov. 8, 2020. (John Moore/Getty Images)

The state of Texas rejected Dominion’s voting software after an extensive review. In the most recent rejection (pdf) in 2019, Texas Deputy Secretary of State Jose Esparza concluded that the examination of the software “raise concerns” whether the Dominion “system is suitable for its intended purpose, operates efficiently and accurately, and is safe from fraudulent or unauthorized manipulation.”

In addition to the concerns about the voting software, Trump campaign counsel Thor Hearne said there were “tremendous irregularities with absentee ballots,” including “multiple ballots being run through the machines multiple times.” The lawsuit alleges that Republican observers were prevented from having adequate access to the counting process.

“The challengers have been excluded from observing in a meaningful way the process,” Hearne said. “I don’t care if you’re the Republicans or the Democrats. That is not a way to restore confidence in the election process.”

The Trump campaign filed a lawsuit on the day after the election alleging similar issues with access for an individual poll challenger. A Michigan judge dismissed the lawsuit on Thursday.

A day prior to the filing of the Trump campaign lawsuit, a third party filed a lawsuit detailing a long list of election irregularities and potential violations. That lawsuit alleged that poll workers were instructed to backdate ballots so they could be counted and told to ignore signature mismatches on ballots. In a sworn affidavit, one of the witnesses said that thousands of unsealed, unsecured ballots arrived at the counting center in the early morning. Each ballot was cast for former Vice President Biden, the witness said.

Some of the allegations in the Trump campaign lawsuit are the same as those alleged in the third-party case, including allegations that poll workers entered 01-01-1900 as the date of birth for voters needed to be registered because their names did not appear on the voter registry.

The campaign is expected to ask the court to order the canvassing board to not certify the unofficial election results until ballots can be “lawfully counted,” Hearne said.

As of 11:10 p.m. on Nov. 10, the unofficial results of the Michigan election showed Biden leading Trump by more than 140,000 votes.

“70-and-a-half million people voted for President Trump and he owes it to them because they deserve to know and have confidence in the fact that we have free, fair, safe and secure elections. And who else deserves knowledge in safe and secure elections? Everybody who voted for Joe Biden as well. Every American needs to be able to trust in the security of our elections,” Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh said.

The Office of the Michigan Secretary of State did not respond to a request for comment.

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