Republican poll watchers designated to accompany Michigan’s ballots claimed in sworn statements to have been victims of intimidation and insults by poll workers as well as others while absentee ballots were being counted.
The Washington Examiner said the charges were part of a lawsuit filed in federal court on Tuesday night Nov. 10, by Donald Trump’s re-election campaign.
“I experienced: Intimidation countless times, persistent lies from some table supervisors and managers regarding rules that prohibited me from doing my job, and threats of assault,” Braco Giacobazzi said in the lawsuit.
“I was escorted from the room by police after about 9 or 10 hours of peacefully doing my job for simply standing my ground at a table with people who were denying me access to see ballots and threatening me,” he added.
The lawsuit that was filed in the United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan contains several allegations of voter fraud in Wayne County, where the city of Detroit, Michigan’s largest city, is located.
With the lawsuit, the state is expected to conduct a review of the voting process before certifying the results.
Sworn statements by Republican election officials mentioned their experience at the TFC Center in Detroit, which was designated to conduct the absentee ballot count.
As the Washington Examiner noted, after the polls closed, Republican observers’ allegations that they had been excluded from the counting process became known.
Likewise, election observers reported that they had been illegally blocked, and that they had been harassed and intimidated by Democratic opponents as well as election workers.
The statements also included allegations of racism and prejudice.
On Nov. 8, a lawsuit filed by the nonprofit Great Lakes Justice Center in Wayne County, Michigan, denounced a massive election fraud in which several officials “allowed the illegal, fraudulent processing of votes cast in last Tuesday’s election.”
According to the lawsuit, such criminal acts “disenfranchised legal voters and potentially changed the outcome of the election.
David Kallman, an attorney with Great Lakes Justice Center, said that the voting results were unacceptable, so they asked the court to prevent an election certification and order a new vote in Wayne County.