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Georgia, Michigan judges deny Trump campaign voting lawsuits

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Posted at 11:54 AM, Nov 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-05 13:54:56-05

Judges in two state dismissed lawsuits brought on by President Trump's campaign in relation to Election Day votes.

Michigan Judge Cynthia Stephens dismissed a lawsuit over whether Republican challengers had access to the handling of absentee ballots.

Stephens noted that the lawsuit was filed late Wednesday afternoon, just hours before the last ballots were counted. She also said the defendant, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, was the wrong person to sue because she doesn't control the logistics of local ballot counting, even if she is the state's chief election officer.

The lawsuit claimed Benson, a Democrat, was allowing absentee ballots to be counted without teams of bipartisan observers as well as challengers. She was accused of undermining the "constitutional right of all Michigan voters ... to participate in fair and lawful elections."

Benson, through state attorneys, denied the allegations. Much of the dispute centered on the TCF Center in Detroit where pro-Trump protesters gathered while absentee ballots were being counted.

A judge in Georgia dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and the Trump campaign that asked him to ensure one county was following state laws on processing absentee ballots.

Chatham County Superior Court Judge James Bass did not provide an explanation for his decision Thursday at the close of a roughly one-hour hearing. The county includes the heavily Democratic city of Savannah.

The suit had raised concerns about 53 absentee ballots that poll observers said were not part of an original batch of ballots. County elections officials testified that all 53 ballots had been received on time.