Until Donald Trump’s 2016 narrow win over Hillary Clinton, Michigan had voted for Democratic candidates since the mid-eighties. So perhaps it is not a surprise that Joe Biden was declared the winner in the 2020 election. However, in 2020, allegations about widespread misconduct plagued Michigan and its elected officials. Complaints included software problems with the voting machines, lack of access for poll challengers, vote tallies not balancing, and threats against the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

Most of the lawsuits filed – both by the Trump Campaign and individual voters – revolve around activity in Wayne County, home to Detroit and about 11% of the state’s total vote count. And within Wayne County, there is only one facility, the TCF Center, authorized to count votes; TCF is also used to consolidate, collect and tabulate all ballots for the county.

By mid-November, the lawsuits have been largely unsuccessful. Most of the complaints have been labeled as baseless, and yet there is still no explanation for the highly unusual conduct.


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