RNC chairwoman calls on Michigan officers to pause election certification
The most recent try by the Republican Get together to cease Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers from certifying the 2020 presidential election outcomes was submitted Saturday in a letter requesting a two-week delay.
A joint letter from the Republican Nationwide Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan GOP Chairman Laura Cox, urged the board to adjourn for 14 days to permit an in-depth audit to keep away from the “mistrust and sense of procedural disenfranchisement” from Michigan voters.
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McDaniel and Cox pointed to alleged “anomalies and credible reviews of procedural irregularities” in Wayne County, which made headlines this week after two of the board’s canvassers first opposed certifying the election’s outcomes. They then opted to assist them, earlier than once more altering their minds and submitting affidavits to rescind their assist. This didn’t successfully reverse the board’s certification.
However the request to pause certification to permit for an audit is fruitless as Michigan legislation “prohibits audits previous to state certification of election outcomes,” in keeping with Jake Rollow, spokesperson for the Michigan Division of State.
“Candidates have a proper to request a recount after election certification, and if a recount had been to discover a totally different winner, that might certainly change the end result of the election,” Rollow mentioned in response.
“At the moment, no proof of widespread misconduct or fraud has been reported, and judges initially appointed by each Republicans and Democrats have discovered allegations of widespread fraud to be wholly meritless,” he added.
A number of audits are anticipated to comply with the certification of the election.
President-elect Joe Biden received Michigan by greater than 155,000 votes, although the Trump marketing campaign has filed a number of lawsuits difficult the election’s outcomes by alleging voter and election fraud – none of which has held up in court docket. The Trump marketing campaign dropped its ultimate lawsuit within the Nice Lake State Thursday.
The Michigan Board of Canvassers is about to formally certify the election’s outcomes Monday.
Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James, who has not but conceded his race to Democratic incumbent Sen. Gary Peters, made an analogous request for a delay to the board Friday.
“The procedural and accounting irregularities recognized by the James Marketing campaign’s request are credible, deeply regarding, and threaten to undermine Michiganders’ religion within the integrity of the November 2020 Common Election,” mentioned the joint assertion Saturday. “To easily gloss over these irregularities now and not using a thorough audit would solely foster emotions of mistrust amongst Michigan’s voters.”
The assertion got here a day after President Trump met with Michigan Senate Majority Chief Mike Shirkey and Home Speaker Lee Chatfield – each Republicans – in a suspected try by his marketing campaign to overturn the state’s election outcomes.
Following the Friday afternoon assembly with Trump and his authorized crew, the Michigan legislative officers mentioned they discovered no “proof that may “change the end result of the election.”
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“The candidates who win probably the most votes win elections and Michigan’s electoral votes,” they mentioned.
“We now have not but been made conscious of any info that may change the end result of the election in Michigan and, as legislative leaders, we’ll comply with the legislation and comply with the traditional course of relating to Michigan’s electors, simply as we’ve got mentioned all through this election,” the lawmakers continued.
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“Michigan’s certification course of needs to be a deliberate course of free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent habits needs to be taken critically, completely investigated, and prosecuted to the total extent of the legislation.”
Morgan Phillips contributed to this report.