A lawyer for Kristina Karamo, the Republican running for Michigan Secretary of State, yelled at a judge in a heated, more than eight-hour virtual hearing Thursday for a lawsuit trying to stop absentee ballots in Detroit.
Judge Timothy Kenny had accused attorney Daniel Hartman’s questioning of a top city election advisor of coming “as close to fishing as it gets.”
Hartman was questioning Chris Thomasan advisor for Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey since 2020. Thomas was Michigan’s elections director for 36 years, serving Democratic and Republican administrations.
The suit, alleging massive voter fraud in Michigan’s largest city, seeks to require Detroiters vote in person or get absentee ballots in person. Karamo’s side wants Winfrey to stop accepting absentee ballots returned by mail and stop counting ballots in drop boxes “not effectively monitored.”
Winfrey lawyer David Fink argued Tuesday the lawsuit amounts to “blatant racism” by “trying to disenfranchise” voters in a large, majority Black city.
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Hartman asked Thomas a hypothetical Thursday about someone accidentally being mailed a neighbor’s absentee ballot, and Fink called his question part of an “extended fishing expedition” to find a reason “the entire election process in Detroit should be turned on its head.”
Judge Kenny asked for evidence from Hartman, who argued poll challengers in past elections have seen improper procedures. But Kenny said Hartman’s hypothetical was “as close to fishing as it gets.”
Thomas explained the safeguards around mailed ballot signatures, and Hartman then questioned how Detroit verifies signatures on ballots emailed to military overseas. But Kenny pointed out Hartman’s solution – requiring Detroiters get absentee ballots in person – would exclude military.
Hartman, offended, then started yelling at the judge.
“What I’m trying to prevent is the person that is sitting in