Raucous supporters of President Donald Trump tried to get election officials to stop counting ballots in Detroit, Michigan Wednesday afternoon—chanting \u0022Stop the count!\u0022 and banging on windows—as major news outlets called the battleground state for Democrat Joe Biden and the Trump campaign filed lawsuits to temporarily halt vote tallying there and in Pennsylvania.\u0022The simple act of counting ballots is not a political act, it\u0026#039;s an act of democracy that happens throughout the year.\u0022—Kristen Clarke, Lawyers\u0026#039; Committee for Civil Rights Under LawThe Detroit Free Press reported that \u0022a chaotic scene erupted outside the vote tally room at TCF Center in Detroit as election officials informed dozens of challengers that they could not reenter the room due to it being over-capacity.\u0022 Police were called in response to the rowdy crowd, which pounded on windows and doors while shouting \u0022let us in.\u0022In a statement Wednesday Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers\u0026#039; Committee for Civil Rights Under Law, said that \u0022in no uncertain terms, we condemn the efforts by private individuals seeking to sow chaos in the orderly counting and handling of ballots in Detroit, an area that is home to the state\u0026#039;s largest number of Black voters. The simple act of counting ballots is not a political act, it\u0026#039;s an act of democracy that happens throughout the year.\u0022\u0022We must not stand back as so-called challengers seek to interject themselves in the process and disrupt the counting of ballots,\u0022 Clarke added. \u0022When we take the time to count and verify every ballot, it is a sign that our democracy is working. What\u0026#039;s happening in Detroit is intended to politicize and jeopardize the integrity of an otherwise transparent and orderly process, one that establishes rules and restrictions that must be adhered to.\u002250-60 Rs wanted to get into TCF Center in Detroit. Clerk said no, they already had 250 Rs/250 Ds. Crowd of 50-60 Rs pushed thru doors and tried to get in counting area. Detroit PD dispatched officers. City says it’s under control and crowd of 50-60 are now outside counting area https://t.co/sVdMG5jB4O— Vanita Gupta (@vanitaguptaCR) November 4, 2020#UPDATE: The group claims to be poll or election challengers claiming that there aren’t enough nonpartisan challengers inside. https://t.co/3Uxmgihwdj— Steve Patterson (@PattersonNBC) November 4, 2020Meanwhile, Trump\u0026#039;s campaign was already giving early signs of how the president—who declared a false victory before dawn on Wednesday—is trying to use the nation\u0026#039;s courts to help him secure a second term by calling for a recount in Wisconsin and filing suits to temporarily stop the counting of votes in Michigan and Pennsylvania.According to the Associated Press:The new filings, joining existing Republican legal challenges in Pennsylvania and Nevada, demand better access for campaign observers to locations where ballots are being processed and counted, the campaign said. However, at one Michigan location in question The Associated Press observed poll watchers from both sides monitoring on Wednesday. Nevada is undecided as well.The Trump campaign also is seeking to intervene in a Pennsylvania case at the Supreme Court that deals with whether ballots received up to three days after the election can be counted, deputy campaign manager Justin Clark said.The actions reveal an emerging legal strategy that the president had signaled for weeks, namely that he would attack the integrity of the voting process in states where the result could mean his defeat.Like Wisconsin, which has 10 electoral votes and has been called for Biden by various news outlets, Pennsylvania and Michigan—which respectively have 20 and 16 electoral votes—could play key roles in determining the outcome of the contest. Shortly after the suits were announced, both the New York Times and the Washington Post called Michigan for Biden.Trump 2020 campaign manager Bill Stepien said that \u0022we have filed suit today in the Michigan Court of Claims to halt counting until meaningful access has been granted. We also demand to review those ballots which were opened and counted while we did not have meaningful access.\u0022\u0022When we take the time to count and verify every ballot, it is a sign that our democracy is working.\u0022—ClarkeBiden\u0026#039;s campaign, when asked by CNBC about the suits, referred to comments made earlier Wednesday by campaign senior legal adviser Bob Bauer, who said on a call with reporters that \u0022as far as our own planning: we\u0026#039;re winning the election, we\u0026#039;ve won the election. And we\u0026#039;re going to defend that election.\u0022\u0022We don\u0026#039;t have to do anything but protect the rights of voters, and to stand up for the democratic process,\u0022 Bauer added. \u0022If it\u0026#039;s attacked, as the president suggests it will be attacked, we\u0026#039;re going to successfully repel that attack. So that\u0026#039;s our mission. His mission is to attack the democratic process, and our commitment is to successfully defend it.CNBC also spoke with Jordan Acker, a lawyer and Democratic poll observer in Michigan who challenged the Trump campaign\u0026#039;s claims of inadequate access to the tally locations.\u0022It\u0026#039;s quite frankly ridiculous,\u0022 said Acker, who arrived at the TCF Center in Detroit—the site where chaos later ensued—around 7:15 a.m. Wednesday. \u0022There\u0026#039;s a Republican at every table.\u0022Christopher Trebilcock, an election law specialist representing Democratic interests in Michigan, told the Washington Post that he hadn\u0026#039;t seen the suit but pushed back against the Trump campaign\u0026#039;s suggestion of fraud in the state, saying, \u0022I would find any such challenge spurious.\u0022\u0022Michigan election workers have been working through the night to ensure every legal vote in Michigan is counted,\u0022 Trebilcock said. \u0022The election should be decided by the people of Michigan... not lawyers for a candidate.\u0022In Pennsylvania, Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf condemned the Trump campaign for filing suit, vowing that the state not only \u0022is going to count every vote and make sure that everyone has their voice heard,\u0022 but also \u0022is going to fight every single attempt to disenfranchise voters and continue to administer a free and fair election.\u0022\u0022Our election officials at the state and local level should be free to do their jobs without intimidation or attacks. These attempts to subvert the democratic process are disgraceful,\u0022 Wolf said. \u0022In Philadelphia, officials are administering the election with the highest degree of transparency. There has been a livestream of the ballot-counting process available throughout the count, and all parties have canvass observers.\u0022A massive \u0022Count Every Vote\u0022 banner appeared in Philadelphia as the Trump campaign sued to \u0022temporarily\u0022 halt ballot tallying https://t.co/SojdTt2gCH #Election2020 pic.twitter.com/r1gxTez0nB— Bloomberg QuickTake (@QuickTake) November 4, 2020According to the AP, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro said in a CNN interview the lawsuit was \u0022more a political document than a legal document.\u0022\u0022There is transparency in this process. The counting has been going on. There are observers observing this counting, and the counting will continue,\u0022 Shapiro said.Former\u0026nbsp;Obama administration\u0026nbsp;Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal blasted the campaign\u0026#039;s actions in a pair of tweets. \u0022The incoherence of the Trump election litigation strategy is on full display here,\u0022 he said. \u0022I know they are afraid of democracy, but at least be more competent about it.\u0022\u0022without our action, Pennsylvanians...may be forced to wait yet another several days for the outcome of the election.\u0022 The 2 lawsuits contradict 1 another, all in 2 mere paragraphsI know they are afraid of democracy, but at least be more competent about it.— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) November 4, 2020Speaking in Wilmington, Delaware on Wednesday afternoon, Biden echoed his late-night remarks, saying, \u0022Now, every vote must be counted... No one\u0026#039;s going to take our democracy away from us. Not now, not ever.\u0022\u0022America has come too far,\u0022 said the former vice president. \u0022America has fought too many battles. America\u0026#039;s endured too much to ever let that happen. We, the people, will not be silenced. We, the people, will not be bullied. We, the people, will not surrender.\u0022This post has been updated with comment from Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro.