3rd Circuit Court Ruling Notes Fair Ballot Counting in Michigan

Contact: Ryan Jarvi 517-599-2746
Agency: Attorney General

November 6, 2020

LANSING – Late this afternoon Timothy Kenny, chief judge of Michigan’s Third Circuit Court, denied a petition seeking preliminary injunctive relief that would have required Detroit and Wayne County to retain all ballots and poll books and would prevent the Wayne County Board of Canvassers from certifying election results.

In his decision in Stoddard, et.al. v City Election Commission of the City of Detroit, et.al, Judge Kenny said “Plaintiffs’ allegation is mere speculation … and are unable to meet their burden for the relief sought.”

Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel’s Press Secretary Ryan Jarvi issued the following statement:

“Chief Judge Kenny’s quick decision mirrors a decision yesterday by Court of Claims Judge Stephens – specifically, that, once again, the allegations are mere speculation.  The swift, clear and decisive opinion should put to rest the meritless claims that have been made in Michigan and other states around the country. We have always been committed to a fair, transparent and secure election that ensures every legal vote is counted – and we will continue to do that.”

Click here to view a copy of Judge Kenny’s opinion.

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