The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, or LDF, filed a lawsuit Friday against President Donald Trump and the Trump Campaign's recent actions in Wayne County.
LDF representatives said the actions, which attempted to change the outcome of the election in Michigan, were an effort to disenfranchise Black voters in the state.
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“For two weeks, the president and his campaign have been spreading misinformation and making baseless accusations of voting irregularities in cities with large concentrations of Black voters who participated in record numbers in this election,” Sherrilyn Ifill, LDF’s president and director-counsel, said. “These allegations have been consistently debunked and the campaign’s litigation attempts turned away by courts in several states. The president’s use of dog whistles to suggest the illegitimacy of votes cast by Black voters in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Atlanta are an appeal to a dangerous and corrosive racialized narrative of voter fraud."
According to a written statement from LDF representatives, the lawsuit claimed Trump and his campaign were in violation of Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. They said the Trump Campaign's actions violated the act because they constituted an attempt to pressure officials from counting votes properly.
“Equally alarming have been the president’s attempts to pressure state and local officials in Michigan – first with a demand that votes in Detroit not be counted and now, more recently, urging officials to refuse to certify votes from Wayne County," Ifill said. "The right of Black voters to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice is protected by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That legislation protects against efforts to intimidate or coerce officials to disenfranchise Black voters."
President Donald Trump recently invited state GOP leaders Mike Shirkey and Lee Chatfield to the White House in an effort to try to set aside Biden's 154,000-vote victory. In a joint statement, Shirkey and Chatfield later said they were not aware of any information that would affect the outcome of Michigan's election.
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The Michigan Bureau of Elections says any errors on election night did not affect the tabulation of votes.