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Last Michigan lawsuit challenging 2020 election dismissed

By: - May 19, 2021 10:11 am

Susan J. Demas

Judge Kevin Elsenheimer, a former GOP House speaker, dismissed a lawsuit Tuesday regarding November 2020 election results in Antrim County — the last remaining legal fight over last year’s presidential election in Michigan.

Results were briefly misreported showing now-President Joe Biden won the heavily GOP northern Michigan county and were quickly corrected — but have since sparked conspiracy theories, become a cause celebre for former President Donald Trump supporters and led to the now-dismissed lawsuit.

In certified election results, Trump won 9,748 votes in the county and Biden won 5,960. Biden won Michigan by more than 154,000 votes.

Elsenheimer is chief judge of the 13th Circuit Court and was appointed by former Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican. The judge noted that an audit was performed along with a hand recount, which confirmed the accuracy of Antrim County voting machines.

“The dismissal of the last of the lawsuits attempting to undermine democracy in furtherance of the Big Lie affirms that despite intense scrutiny, and an unprecedented misinformation campaign, the 2020 election was fair and secure, and the results accurately reflect the will of the voters,” said Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

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Susan J. Demas

Susan J. Demas is a 21-year journalism veteran and one of the state’s foremost experts on Michigan politics, appearing on MSNBC, CNN, NPR and WKAR-TV’s “Off the Record.” In addition to serving as Editor-in-Chief, she is the Advance’s chief columnist, writing on women, LGBTQs, the state budget, the economy and more. Most recently, she served as Vice President of Farough & Associates, Michigan’s premier political communications firm. For almost five years, Susan was the Editor and Publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, the most-cited political newsletter in the state. Susan’s award-winning political analysis has run in more than 80 national, international and regional media outlets, including the Guardian U.K., NBC News, the New York Times, the Detroit News and MLive. She is the only Michigan journalist to be named to the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Reporters,” the Huffington Post’s list of “Best Political Tweeters” and the Washington Post’s list of “Best Political Bloggers.” Susan was the recipient of a prestigious Knight Foundation fellowship in nonprofits and politics. She served as Deputy Editor for MIRS News and helped launch the Michigan Truth Squad, the Center for Michigan’s fact-checking project. She started her journalism career reporting on the Iowa caucuses for The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette. Susan has hiked over 4,000 solo miles across four continents and climbed more than 70 mountains. She also enjoys dragging her husband and two teenagers along, even if no one else wants to sleep in a tent anymore.

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