Report: Lawsuit filed in Detroit alleges backdated ballots, unmatched signatures
A new lawsuit filed in Detroit alleges that the city counted backdated ballots and those with unmatched signatures in their election count, according to Fox News Correspondent Matt Finn, who tweeted an affidavit from a city of Detroit employee Monday claiming she was instructed to backdate ballots and ignore ballot discrepancies.
Jessy Jacob was hired by the city of Detroit to work in the Elections Department for the 2020 presidential election. Jacob was told by her supervisor to adjust the mailing date of absentee ballots to be dated earlier than they were actually sent. Moreover, Jacob said she witnessed employees instructing voters on who to vote for.
“I directly observed on a daily basis, City of Detroit election workers and employees coaching and trying to coach voters to vote for Joe Biden and the Democrat party,” said Jacob in her affidavit. “I witnessed these workers and employees encouraging voters to do a straight democrat ballot. I witnessed these election workers and employees going over to the voting booths with voters in order to watch them vote and coach them for whom to vote.”
Jacob said she was instructed by her supervisor to not ask for a driver’s license or any photo identification when a person was coming in to vote.
“I observed a large number of people who came to the satellite location to vote in-person, but they had already applied for an absentee ballot,” said Jacob. “These people were allowed to vote in-person and were not required to return the mailed absentee ballot or sign an affidavit that the voter lost the mailed absentee ballot.”
Jacob was also told to not look for any discrepancies on the ballots, she said.
Further, Jacob cited an incident where a Republican challenger was allegedly observing the computer system as ballots were being scanned and Jacob asked the challenger if she had observed anything of concern. The challenger said she had seen many ballots being scanned that did not register in the poll book but were still being processed, Jacob said.
Jacob reported watching several ballots being scanned that did not match any eligible voter in the poll book.
“I reviewed the running list of scanned in ballots in the computer system, and it appeared that the voter had already been counted as having voted,” Jacob explained. “Then the first official appeared to assign a number to a different voter as I observed a completely different name that was added to the list of voters at the bottom of a running tab of processed ballots.”
The documents shared by Finn also include a sworn affidavit from Republican poll challenger, Zachary Larsen, a former Assistant Attorney General. And the lawsuit requests that all computer data and documents be preserved and that the “certification of votes” be paused.
Joe Biden was announced as the winner of the presidential election on Saturday by a number of media outlets, but Trump has refused to concede the race. Instead, Trump has been calling out cities such as Philadelphia and Detroit for allegations that fraudulent behavior occurred while counting ballots.
Trump has continued to fight the election outcome in court, questioning its legitimacy.