'Phantom votes' emerge in 2020 election lawsuit

The Michigan county embroiled in controversy when it counted thousands of votes for Joe Biden that were cast for Donald Trump isn’t out of the woods yet: A judge has been told that 1,061 “phantom votes” have been found there.

Officials in Republican-majority Antrim County initially reported voters chose Joe Biden in the the 2020 presidential race. But tabulation errors were discovered and Trump was shown to be the winn. State and county officials blamed the proble on human error, but two local citizens have filed a lawsuit contending the Dominion Voting Systems machines used in the tabulation could have been used to manipulate the election.

The Washington Examiner reports attorney Matthew DePerno, representing Antrim County resident William Bailey, told County Circuit Judge Kevin Elsenheimer during a virtual hearing on Monday that a recount in December tallied 15,962 ballots.  However, the Michigan secretary of state’s database shows only 14,901 votes were cast. That means 1,061 don’t exist on voter rolls.

The defendants in the lawsuit, including Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, insist Bailey has no right to sue.

DePerno explained in a court filing the discovery of the “phantoms” is why an audit of the county’s results should be conducted.

He also noted that voters ages 65 to 80 had a near 100% turnout, the Examiner reported.

The newspaper got no response when it sought comment from state officials.

Former President Trump joined the discussion.

“The major Michigan Election Fraud case has just filed a bombshell pleading claiming votes were intentionally switched from President Trump to Joe Biden,” he said in a statement shared by his Save America PAC, the Examiner reported.

“The number of votes is MASSIVE and determinative. This will prove true in numerous other States. All Republicans must UNIFY and not let this happen. If a thief robs a jewelry store of all of its diamonds (the 2020 Presidential Election), the diamonds must be returned. The Fake News media refuses to cover the greatest Election Fraud in the history of our Country. They have lost all credibility, but ultimately, they will have no choice!”

A previous recount found Trump with 9,749 votes and Biden with 5,959. Across the state, Biden won by only about 150,000.

The lawyer also told the judge there are questions about 138 ballots that a state official instructed two volunteers to count even though they had “the very same signature in Central Lake Township,” the report said.

Michigan was one of six battleground states that drew charges of election fraud. Several states suspended counting on election night with Trump leading. Hours later, after massive ballot dumps that were nearly 100% for Biden, the Democrat took the lead when counting resumed.

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