A judge in Michigan has dismissed the Trump campaign’s lawsuit to stop counting postal ballots in the state.
Judge Cynthia Stephens said that the campaign filed the request too late – just hours before counting wrapped up – and that the suit was brought against the wrong individual.
Judge Stephens 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.
Democrat Joe Biden is projected to win Michigan, a state. Trump won the state in 2016.
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.
Meanwhile, a judge in Georgia has also dismissed a lawsuit by the state Republican Party and President Trump’s 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 on 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.