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President Trump’s adviser gives details on upcoming election lawsuit

Rudy Giuliani gave details about the lawsuit he plans to file regarding election results in the battleground state of Pennsylvania.

WASHINGTON – An affidavit from President Donald Trump’s legal team that claimed to prove widespread voter fraud confused two “M” states: Michigan and Minnesota. 

The affidavit was as part of a larger lawsuit actually filed in Georgia by pro-Trump and conservative attorney L. Lin Wood that sought to discredit that state’s election results by pointing to alleged discrepancies and problems with Dominion Voting Systems.

Trump, his legal team, and his supporters have continued to tout unsubstantiated claims that Dominion Voting Systems has led to widespread fraud in several states. 

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To point out the supposed problems with Dominion Voting Systems in Georgia, the affidavit, filed as analysis from Texas resident and cybersecurity expert Russell Ramsland, was intended to show supposed errors in Michigan, as both states use Dominion Voting Systems to tabulate election results. 

However, the Ramsland affidavit appeared to confuse townships in Minnesota for Michigan.

Ramsland highlighted a number of “statistical anomalies and red flags” he claimed proved “that election results have been manipulated within the Dominion/Premier system in Michigan.”

He specifically highlighted several precincts in Michigan where the number of votes cast appeared to exceed the number of registered voters in the county. 

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Many of the municipalities cited in the Michigan (MI) document, such as Albertville, Houston, Monticello, Runeberg, Lake Lillian, Brownsville, Wolf Lake, Height of Land, Detroit Lakes, Frazee, and Kandiyohi, are located in Minnesota (MN).

The affidavit was filed Tuesday. A federal judge dismissed Wood’s lawsuit on Thursday, which sought to halt the certification of Georgia’s election, saying it came too late and lacked merit.

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Georgia completed a hand recount and audit of votes on Thursday, confirming President-elect Joe Biden won the state.

The “risk-limiting audit” found Biden won Georgia by 12,284 votes, a narrower margin than the 14,196-vote lead he held immediately following the election. Local election administrators identified uncounted ballots in four counties. Each was the result of human error. 

On Friday, saying “numbers don’t lie,” Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger certified those election results.

Trump’s legal team had promoted the affidavit as proof of widespread evidence of voter fraud. 

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Ramsland had claimed in the affidavit that “excess ballots” were allegedly processed, but it is unclear where the data listed came from. 

According to actual data from the Minnesota Secretary of State, there were 4,202 registered voters in Monticello P-2, but only 3,776 votes were cast in the presidential election. 

USA TODAY has reached out to Wood for comment.

This Georgia lawsuit that mixed-up Michigan and Minnesota is just one of several filed by Trump’s legal team that have been dismissed. 

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