AG Dana Nessel responds to Trump campaign filing lawsuit in Michigan to stop vote counting

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President Donald Trump speaks in the East Room of the White House, early Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) — As the final votes continue to be counted in Michigan, the Trump campaign has filed a lawsuit in the Michigan Court of Claims to stop counting votes immediately.

“As votes in Michigan continue to be counted, the presidential race in the state remains extremely tight as we always knew it would be,” the Trump campaign said.

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“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 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.”

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 04: U.S. President Donald Trump speaks on election night in the East Room of the White House in the early morning hours of November 04, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump spoke shortly after 2am with the presidential race against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden still too close to call. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

As of Wednesday afternoon, former Vice President Joe Biden held a lead of less than 1% over Trump with some 96% of the ballots counted.

Michigan is one of a handful of states that have not been called for either candidate and will help decide who wins the election.

In response to the Trump campaign’s lawsuit, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi released the following statement.

“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,” Jarvi said. “At this time our department has not been notified by the Court of Claims about this lawsuit and when we are served, we will review it and respond accordingly. Michigan will always continue to protect the rights of all voters to have their ballots counted.”

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