Michigan 2020 Election Decertification Challenge (2022)
Ickes v. Whitmer
Lawsuit filed by the Macomb County Republican Party, a candidate for governor in Michigan, a non-profit organization, a county clerk and voters challenging the results of the 2020 election in Michigan. Specifically, the plaintiffs allege that the electronic voting machines and tabulators used during the presidential election “were not certified or accredited in accordance with” Michigan election law. In line with this argument, the plaintiffs request that the state “rerun the Michigan 2020 presidential election as soon as possible, by way of a special election, with paper ballots only, on a single election day, with the votes being counted by hand, with members of all political parties present to observe, with a public livestream of all vote counting.” Among other unfounded and outlandish claims, the plaintiffs allege that the 2020 election should not have been certified because Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D) did not have the authority to use electronic voting machines. On Sept. 8, a judge denied the plaintiffs’ request for a temporary restraining order, concluding that the plaintiffs have not “demonstrated any imminent irreparable harm or a likelihood of success on the merits of their claims.” The court denied the plaintiffs’ motion for a temporary restraining order as well as their motion for a temporary injunction.