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Trump looking to halt the counting of votes in Michigan after Biden takes the lead

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Protesters rally near the White House in Washington, D.C., the day after the general election on Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020. (Yuri Gripas/Abaca Press/TNS)

By Sabrina Edwards

Hours after former Vice President Joe Biden took the lead in Michigan, President Donald Trump sued the state in an attempt to halt the counting of the votes.

Bill Stepien, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, released a statement on the lawsuit.

“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 numerous counting locations to observe the opening of ballots and the counting process, as guaranteed by Michigan law. We have filed a suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and 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.”

As of 2 p.m. Heather Walker from WOODTV8 tweeted that there were approximately 162,000 absentee ballots counted. Claiming that the counting of the votes will be finished at 6 p.m.

Trump has been actively tweeting throughout the election. He is currently insinuating that states, such as Michigan and Pennsylvania, are reporting fraudulent voting activities. Trump tweeted that “they are working hard to make up 500,000 vote advantage in Pennsylvania disappear.”

Biden addressed crowds Wednesday morning and spoke on his election chances. “We feel good about where we are. We believe we’re on track to win this election.”

“Michigan’s elections have been conducted transparently, with access provided for both political parties and the public, and using a robust system of checks and balances to ensure that all ballots are counted fairly and accurately,” said Ryan Jarvi to The Detroit News, Jarvi is a spokesman for Attorney General Dana Nessel. 

The suit states that Michigan’s absentee ballots are not being counted in front of inspectors from each party, however, it doesn’t mention which voter boards. 

Mark Brewer, former chairman for the Michigan Democratic Party and a lawyer, has been at the counting center in Detroit and told The Detroit News that there have been hundreds of GOP challengers who have been rude or ill-tempered. 

“Nobody is being denied access,” said Brewer. 

If voters are concerned about the status of their mail-in ballots, they can check to see if it was accepted online.

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