POLITICS

Chaos erupts in Detroit after Republican poll challengers demand an end to vote count

DETROIT — Things are getting tense in the TCF Center after the Trump campaign filed a lawsuit to stop vote counting until it receives greater access to the counting sites.

Around 2:30 p.m. ET, a large group of Republican poll challengers arrived at the door of the massive basement room where Detroit election workers are processing the small number of absentee and military ballots that still need to be counted and were angry to learn they would not be allowed inside due to capacity issues.

Sharon Dolente, the voting rights strategist for the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan, estimated that both parties have more than 100 poll challengers in the room.

Dozens of people outside the counting room began to bang on the windows, shouting, “stop the count.” A group of poll challengers on the convention center floor also started clapping and chanting, demanding that the vote be stopped.

Still, the city continued to count ballots.

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