The lawsuit aimed to halt any efforts by the Trump campaign and the president to push state officials into canceling their ballots or appointing electors who do not represent the election results in their state. It cited numerous efforts to cast doubt on the election, from Trump’s personal tweets to a White House meeting Friday between Republican state lawmakers and Trump.
The plaintiffs included three Black residents of Detroit — Teasha K. Jones, Nicole L. Hill and Maureen Taylor — who voted in this year’s election, as well as the Michigan Welfare Rights Organization. The plaintiffs are represented by NAACP lawyers.
The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday night.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan by about 150,000 votes, as well as a handful of other critical swing states that clinched him a majority in the Electoral College. Biden’s lead was particularly notable in Wayne County, where he was ahead of Trump by over 332,000 votes.
Trump’s legal team has launched a spate of legal challenges and publicly claimed mass fraud in an effort to delegitimize the election results.
But few outside of Trump’s circle have taken the president’s legal challenges seriously, and many of his and his supporters’ claims have no evidence to support them. The Trump campaign’s legal challenges in a number of key swing states have been dismissed by judges as meritless.
Trump hosted Republican members of Michigan’s legislature at the White House on Friday in an opaque meeting that appeared to be a last-ditch attempt at swinging the state in his favor.
Trump’s allies have recently floated a legally questionable method to get state lawmakers to appoint friendly electors. But after their White House meeting, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield both asserted they had “not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in Michigan.”