WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Wednesday, the Trump campaign and Republican poll challenger Eric Ostergen sued Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) in the Michigan Court of Claims. The lawsuit claimed that Ostergen was excluded from watching the absentee ballot counting board and the state violated the Michigan Constitution and Michigan election law by processing ballots without allowing poll watchers to view video footage of voters placing ballots in drop boxes. The Trump campaign asked the court to: 1) stop the counting of absentee ballots until an election inspector from each party is present at each absentee counting board and until video is made available to challengers of each ballot box and 2) immediately set aside all ballots that are not being “inspected and monitored” as described.
The Democratic National Committee intervened in the lawsuit. In a hearing this morning, Judge Cynthia Stephens denied the Trump campaign’s request for immediate relief to stop the counting of ballots.
This lawsuit joins other legal challenges brought by the Trump campaign demanding states to halt the count of ballots.