The NAACP Legal Defense just sued President Trump in Federal court accusing him of violating the Voting Rights Act and disenfranchising Black voters in Michigan.
Reporter Zoe Tillmam broke the news: “Black voters in Detroit, repped by the NAACP, and a voting rights group are suing Trump in federal court, accusing him of violating the Voting Rights Act by trying to undermine the election results in Michigan.”
“For two weeks, the president and his campaign have been spreading misinformation and making baseless accusations of voting irregularities in cities with large concentrations of Black voters who participated in record numbers in this election,” said Sherrilyn Ifill, the NAACP’s LDF’s President and Director-Counsel.
“These allegations have been consistently debunked and the campaign’s litigation attempts turned away by courts in several states. The president’s use of dog whistles to suggest the illegitimacy of votes cast by Black voters in Detroit, Philadelphia, Milwaukee, and Atlanta are an appeal to a dangerous and corrosive racialized narrative of voter fraud.
“Equally alarming have been the president’s attempts to pressure state and local officials in Michigan – first with a demand that votes in Detroit not be counted and now, more recently, urging officials to refuse to certify votes from Wayne County. The right of Black voters to participate in the political process and elect candidates of their choice is protected by the Voting Rights Act of 1965. That legislation protects against efforts to intimidate or coerce officials to disenfranchise Black voters.
“Our action seeks to protect the integrity of the votes cast by Black voters in Detroit from the president’s attempts to overturn the will of voters expressed at the ballot box.”
This is what they are asking for in the lawsuit:
Declare that Defendants have engaged in conduct violating Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act; Case 1:20-cv-03388 Document 1 Filed 11/20/20 Page 11 of 12 12.
Enjoin Defendants, and anyone acting on behalf of Defendants or in concert with them, from continuing to exert pressure on state or local officials in Michigan, or in any other state, to disenfranchise Plaintiffs or other Black voters by not certifying the results of the November 2020 election.
Or by appointing an unlawful slate of electors that disenfranchises Plaintiffs or other Black voters or from taking other action in violation of Section 11(b) of the Voting Rights Act; and (C) Grant such other relief as this Court may deem just and proper.