New lawsuit claims Trump's effort to alter Michigan election results disenfranchises Black voters

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Trump and his allies have lobbied for votes in Wayne County, home to majority Black Detroit, to be thrown out.
With Michigan's Monday deadline for certifying its election results looming, attempts by President Donald Trump to overturn the outcome in the state has led to a voting rights lawsuit — and could lead to a criminal investigation of officials there.

On Friday, a group of Detroit voters filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that the Trump campaign's legal actions aimed at throwing out some votes in Wayne County, home to Detroit, amounted to a mass disenfranchisement of Black voters.

"Repeating false claims of voter fraud, which have been thoroughly debunked, Defendants are pressuring state and local officials in Michigan not to count votes from Wayne County, Michigan," the lawsuit states. "Defendants' tactics repeat the worst abuses in our nation's history, as Black Americans were denied a voice in American democracy for most of the first two centuries of the Republic."

The city of Detroit is nearly 80 percent Black, and overwhelmingly votes Democratic in national elections. President-elect Joe Biden won Wayne County by about 332,000 votes, and it was critical to his 150,000-vote victory in Michigan, a battleground state that was key to Trump's 2016 victory.

Essentially, as Trump's personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani said in a Thursday press conference: "It changes the result of the election in Michigan, if you take out Wayne County."

To that end, Wayne County's election results have been challenged by the Trump campaign and its loyalists throughout the week.

On Tuesday, the two Republican canvassers on the four-person Wayne County elections board briefly blocked the vote totals from being certified. As Vox's Andrew Prokop has explained, these Republican officials' "stated reason was that there were discrepancies between precincts' counts of how many named people voted and the actual count of votes. This is known as precincts being 'out of balance.'"

And certain precincts in Wayne County were, in fact, out of balance, but usually by no more than four votes — not enough…
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