A group of Detroit voters is suing Donald Trump and his campaign for attempting to overturn the election result in Michigan, claiming it is openly seeking to disenfranchise black voters.
A lawsuit, filed in a DC federal court on Friday, describes the Trump campaigns allegations of voter fraud as one of the worst abuses in our nations history, accusing it of attempting to intimidate and coerce Michigan state and local officials into replacing electors.
Republicans have asked for a delay of two weeks to allow for a full audit of results in Wayne County, the state's largest county and home to majority-black Detroit. It was won overwhelmingly by president-elect Joe Biden.
"To effectuate this strategy, defendants are openly seeking to disenfranchise black voters, including voters in Detroit, Michigan," the lawsuit read.
More than three quarters of Detroit residents are black, according to US census data.
Central to this strategy is disenfranchising voters in predominately black cities, the suit alleges.
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 (where Detroit is the county seat), and thereby disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters.
Mr Trump has repeatedly falsely accused several cities, including Detroit and Philadelphia, of orchestrating a massive election fraud.
His campaign has claimed, without evidence, that mail-in voting was corrupt.
No more, the lawsuit says. The Voting Rights Act of 1965 flatly prohibits Defendants efforts to disenfranchise black people and assault our Republic.
Michigan's board of canvassers, which includes two Democrats and two Republicans, is due to meet on Monday to certify the results.
Republican Party national committee chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, and the party's Michigan chair, Laura Cox, called on the board to "adjourn for 14 days to allow for a full audit and investigation into those anomalies and irregularities".
Michigan's Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has said that audits cannot be conducted until after certification because officials do not have legal access to the documents needed until then.
On Saturday, Ms Benson posted on Twitter that there had been "no evidence" to draw into question the result of the election.
In a nutshell:5.5m Michigan citizens voted The results of their votes are clear No evidence has emerged to undermine thatWe have rules & laws in place to protect the integrity of our elections & the will of the voters
Those rules & laws should govern the days ahead. https://t.co/msMw041OM7