Three black Michigan voters filed a lawsuit alongside the Welfare Rights Organization in federal court on Friday, which accused the Trump campaign of “openly seeking to deny black voters their rights.”
The lawsuit was filed a day after President Trump’s personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani, falsely claimed at a press conference that 300,000 “illegitimate votes” had been cast in Detroit, Michigan, according to The Hill.
Friday’s trial primarily targets Wayne County, which includes Detroit, and accuses Mr. Trump and his presidential campaign of violating the 1965 Voting Rights Act by falsely claiming voter fraud and trying to overturn the vote. election result of the region.
Last week, the Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party also requested 14 days to verify the ballots in Wayne County, citing “irregularities” that have not been substantiated. Detroit has a predominantly black population.
Lawyers for Michigan’s three voters and the Welfare Rights Organization have called on a judge to reprimand Mr. Trump and his campaign for spreading “disinformation” about the Wayne County outcome.
Mr. Biden was declared the winner of Wayne County with 597,170 votes, while Mr. Trump received just 264,553 votes in the region. The president-elect had a winning margin of 200,000 votes in Detroit alone.
The president-elect won Michigan by 51 to 48 percent with a winning margin of about 150,000 votes.
Although Mr Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election earlier this month, Mr Trump still has not conceded and has repeatedly wrongly claimed that widespread electoral fraud has taken place in several states.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits in several swing states that have been named for Mr Biden, including Michigan, and urged state and local authorities not to certify election results.
“The central element of this strategy is to deprive voters in predominantly black cities, including Detroit, by blocking the certification of election results in the cities or counties where they are located,” the lawsuit read.
The lawsuit said the Trump campaign falsely claimed there was “widespread fraud in Detroit and other cities with large black populations, including Philadelphia, Milwaukee and Atlanta, in an attempt to suggest that the votes of these cities should not be counted.
On November 17, two Republican members of the Wayne County Canvassing Council initially refused to certify the region’s results, but then relented after an outcry from Demcratic officials.
A day later, the two GOP officials then attempted to overrule their votes to certify the results, but the decision was rejected by the office of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
The independent has contacted the Trump campaign for comment.