Claiming Lack of "Meaningful Access" to Ballot Counting Locations, Trump Campaign Sues to Halt MI Count

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(UPDATE: According to Decision Desk, the claim that over 100,000 mail-in ballots went exclusively to Joe Biden was due to a data error, and the results have since been updated.)

Election results in Michigan, both for the presidential and US Senate races, have been much more favorable for the Republican party than pollsters predicted. On Election Night, Donald Trump’s incredible success led many to claim Trump had carried the state. Then over 100,000 mail-in ballots were found in the middle of the night and, astonishingly, every single one of them was for Joe Biden. As Brandon Morse covered, literally every single one.

In addition to that truly odd result, curious results and polling place occurrences have been reported in multiple counties, and Team Trump says they’re not being provided “meaningful access” to ballot counting locations, so they’re going to court to stop the counting until said access can be provided.

Campaign Manager Bill Stepien issued a statement:

As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be. President Trump’s campaign has not been provided with meaningful access to counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed suit in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were counted while we did not have meaningful access. President Trump is committed to ensuring that all legal votes are counted in Michigan and everywhere else.

Note that Stepien again pointed out that Team Trump always knew that Michigan would be an extremely tight race, as he did when announcing the campaign’s request for a recount in Wisconsin.