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Michigan GOP chair ordered to pay city’s legal fees after election lawsuit loss

Jun 14, 2023

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Michigan’s Republican Party Chair Kristina Karamo has been ordered to pay thousands of dollars in legal fees to the Detroit City Clerk’s Office. Karamo and others sued the office during the last election when she was running for secretary of state, which Karamo lost. The plaintiffs were ordered to pay $58,000 in legal fees to the city.

Karamo was challenging the state’s absentee voting.

Two weeks before election day, she sued to have Detroit residents go vote in person or have them go to the Detroit City Clerk’s Office to get an absentee ballot.

The lawsuit claims election officials reviewed signatures on absentee ballots, monitored drop-off boxes, and used “uncertified,” high-speed tabulators to count votes.

The lawsuit was dismissed the day before the Nov. 8 election. The judge ruled there was no evidence in the case and now is forcing the plaintiffs to cover more than $50,000 of the city’s legal fees spent to fight the lawsuit.

Karamo lost the election by more than 14% points. A few months later, she became the chair for Michigan’s Republican Party.

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KARAH RUCKER: MICHIGAN’S REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRPERSON KRISTINA KARAMO HAS BEEN ORDERED TO PAY THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES TO THE DETROIT CLERK’S OFFICE – WHO SHE AND OTHERS SUED IN THE LAST ELECTION WHEN SHE WAS RUNNING FOR SECRETARY OF STATE – WHICH SHE LOST.

THE PLAINTIFFS WERE ORDERED TO PAY 58 THOUSAND DOLLARS IN LEGAL FEES TO THE CITY.

 

GOP CHAIRPERSON TO PAY DETROIT CLERK’S LEGAL FEES

 

KARAMO WAS CHALLENGING THE STATE’S ABSENTEE VOTING. TWO WEEKS BEFORE ELECTION DAY – SHE SUED TO HAVE DETROIT RESIDENTS GO TO VOTE IN PERSON OR TO GO TO THE CITY CLERK’S OFFICE TO GET AN ABSENTEE BALLOT.

 

IN THE SUIT WERE A LIST OF OTHER ALLEGATIONS AGAINST THE CITY’S ELECTION PROCESS. CLAIMING ELECTION OFFICIALS WERE REVIEWING SIGNATURES ON ABSENTEE BALLOTS – MONITORING DROP-OFF BOXES – AND USED “UNCERTIFIED, HIGH-SPEED TABULATORS” TO COUNT VOTES.

 

THE LAWSUIT WAS DISMISSED THE DAY BEFORE THE NOVEMBER EIGHTH ELECTION.

THE JUDGE RULED THERE WAS NO EVIDENCE IN THE CASE – AND NOW IS FORCING THE PLAINTIFFS TO COVER MORE THAN 50 GRAND OF THE CITY’S LEGAL FEES SPENT TO FIGHT THE LAWSUIT.

 

KARAMO LOST THE ELECTION BY MORE THAN 14 PERCENTAGE POINTS.

A FEW MONTHS LATER – SHE BECAME THE CHAIRPERSON FOR MICHIGAN’S REPUBLICAN PARTY.

 

MEDIA LANDSCAPE ON GOP CHAIRPERSON’S ELECTION LAWSUIT

 

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