Judge denies Michigan GOP SOS candidate’s request to disqualify Detroit mail-in ballots

A judge rejects a request from Michigan’s Republican secretary of state Kristina Karamo to disqualify Detroit’s mail-in ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

Just a few weeks before general election in Michigan, candidate Karamo filed a lawsuit seeking to disqualify mail-in ballots in the city of Detroit alone and to require Detroit voters to vote in person on Nov. 8. The Republican’s lawsuit claimed Detroit’s mail-in ballot counting system is flawed and violates election law.

A Wayne County judge on Monday dismissed Karamo’s lawsuit, saying the lawsuit had “failed spectacularly” and that Karamo’s claims were “unsubstantiated and/or misconstrued Michigan election law.”

“The plaintiffs have raised a false flag of election law violations and corruption regarding Detroit’s proceedings for the Nov. 8 election. The decision of this Court removes this flag,” a Wayne County Circuit Court decision read Monday.

“The plaintiffs’ failure to produce evidence that the procedures for this November 8 election violate federal or state election law demonizes the Detroit Clerk, her office staff and the 1,200 volunteers working this election. These allegations are unjustified, devoid of any evidentiary basis and cannot be upheld. »

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Karamo’s lawsuit sought to disqualify all absentee ballots for the general election that were submitted by mail or through a drop box by Detroit voters. Tens of thousands of voters in Detroit have requested mail-in ballots for the Nov. 8 election — a region that votes largely Democratic.

Karamo herself is among a number of Republican politicians who have pushed former President Donald Trump’s “big lie” that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him, casting doubt in electoral processes at nationally and state by state. Absentee voting has been a particular victim of this GOP rhetoric, as it has become a more popular way to vote, especially among Democratic voters.

Numerous audits and experts, including Trump’s own attorney general, have found that there was no widespread fraud in the 2020 election.

Michigan’s outgoing Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson previously said Karamo’s trial ahead of the midterm elections was “blatant” and “based on nothing but lies.”

“Plaintiffs have repeatedly asserted that the City of Detroit Clerk’s procedures for the November 8, 2022 election violate Michigan election laws and reflect corruption in our state’s largest city. While it is easy to make accusations and violations of the law and corruption, it is another matter to come forward and produce the evidence that our Constitution and our laws require,” reads the decision of the court. “The plaintiffs failed, in an all-day hearing, to produce any evidence. No exhibits, no testimony from any of the plaintiffs, no evidence from Mr. Thomas or Mr. Thomas or Mr. Baxter indicate that the procedures for the November 8, 2022 election do not violate Michigan election laws.

You can read the full November 7 court ruling below.

A judge has denied a request by Republican Michigan Secretary of State candidate Kristina Karamo to disqualify Detroit’s mail-in ballots in the Nov. 8 election.

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