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Pro-Trump lawyer mixes up Michigan, Minnesota in affidavit alleging election fraud

By: - November 20, 2020 3:11 pm

The Michigan (left) and Minnesota (right) state capitols may look similar, but they are not the same | Getty Images

Lin Wood, the pro-President Donald Trump lawyer who filed the lawsuit against Georgia’s Secretary of State, has alleged voter fraud in an affidavit largely based on alleged inconsistencies between Michigan’s population and total vote count.

Those “inconsistencies,” however, appear to be a result of the affidavit simply mixing up Michigan and Minnesota.

The affidavit filed by Wood in the Georgia lawsuit cites a “significant probability that election results have been manipulated within the Dominion/Premier system in Michigan” based on “significant anomalies and red flags.” Dominion machines are the most common type of vote tabulator machines used in Michigan.

“A preliminary analysis using data obtained from the Michigan Secretary of State pinpoints a statistical anomaly so far outside of every statistical norm as to be virtually impossible. … There were at least 19 precincts where the Presidential Votes Cast compared to the Estimated Voters based on Reported Statistics exceeded 100%,” the filing reads.

But at least a dozen of the “Michigan” townships the affidavit cites as having more votes than their total populations are not Michigan townships at all — they are located in Minnesota, with no corresponding township in Michigan, the conservative PowerLine Blog points out.

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Laina G. Stebbins
Laina G. Stebbins

Laina G. Stebbins covers the environment, Native issues and criminal justice for the Advance. A lifelong Michigander, she is a graduate of Michigan State University’s School of Journalism, where she served as Founding Editor of The Tab Michigan State and as a reporter for the Capital News Service. When Laina is not writing or spending time with her cats, she loves art and design, listening to music, playing piano, enjoying good food and being out in nature (especially Up North).