Echoing President Donald Trump’s baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in Michigan, the Republican Nationwide Committee and the Michigan Republican Social gathering are trying to stall the certification of the state’s election outcomes.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Social gathering Chairwoman Laura Cox requested Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers in a letter on Saturday to delay certification of the state’s election outcomes for 2 weeks to “permit for a full audit and investigation” into alleged voting “anomalies and irregularities.”
McDaniel and Cox particularly referred to as for an audit of the ends in Wayne County, which incorporates Detroit and is dwelling to a big variety of Black voters and Democrats. Wayne County voted overwhelmingly for President-elect Joe Biden.
There’s zero proof of serious voter fraud in Wayne County ― or anyplace else in Michigan (or the U.S. as a complete, for that matter). Of their letter, McDaniel and Cox offered no proof for his or her allegations.
Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers — a four-member board chargeable for certifying the state’s vote ― is required beneath state regulation to finalize the certification of the outcomes by Monday, Nov. 23. Two Democrats and two Republicans sit on the board.
However Trump and his allies have been working laborious to stop this from taking place, even submitting a federal lawsuit in an try to halt the certification of Michigan’s vote.
That lawsuit was dropped on Thursday, however Trump has not given up his efforts to undermine the state’s election outcomes. He invited GOP state legislators from Michigan to the White Home on Friday, which, as The New York Instances famous, marked an uncommon encroachment by a president into state politics.
In a equally intrusive transfer, Trump reportedly referred to as Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the 2 Republican members of Wayne County’s canvassing board, on Tuesday.
Palmer and Hartmann had earlier provoked controversy after they refused to certify the county’s election outcomes. However the pair ultimately agreed to certify them within the face of fierce backlash.
A day after Trump’s name, nonetheless, Palmer and Hartmann signed affidavits saying they wished to rescind their certification votes.
Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) has mentioned, nonetheless, that there’s “no authorized mechanism” for Palmer and Hartmann to rescind their votes.
Biden was named the winner of the presidential election two weeks in the past. He received 306 electoral votes to Trump’s 232 electoral votes, in keeping with AP.
In Michigan, Biden at present leads Trump by over 155,000 votes.
Trump has not solely refused to concede however has repeatedly declared himself the victor of the presidential election.
“I received, by the best way,” he mentioned once more on Friday.
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