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Michigan leader: Trump didn't ask for election interference

Rep. Upton We need to get back to governing Black Detroit voters sue Trump campaign over effort to invalidate election results
Deanna Wagner | 23 November, 2020, 02:24

Trump has closely kept an eye on developments in MI where his campaign and supporters have unsuccessfully filed unsuccessful lawsuits to try and reverse the election's outcome.

"We have not yet been made aware of any information that would change the outcome of the election in MI and, as legislative leaders, we will follow the law and follow the normal process regarding Michigan's electors, just as we have said throughout this election", the lawmakers continued.

"Having lost the vote in MI and other states that are necessary for a majority of the electoral college, President Trump and the Donald J. Trump For President, Inc".

The governor appoints the four board members with the advice and consent of the state Senate.

But the request to pause certification to allow for an audit is fruitless as Michigan law "prohibits audits prior to state certification of election results", according to Jake Rollow, spokesperson for the Michigan Department of State.

Trump had an initial lead in MI on Election Day until mail-in ballots swung the race in Biden's favor, putting the former vice president ahead of the sitting president by more than 150,000 votes in the battleground state. Trump has continued his long-shot bid to overturn the election result by pressuring state Republican officials to delay certifying vote counts. Upton, R-St. Joseph, said "the voters have spoken" when he appeared on CNN.

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The suit pinpoints this week's attempt by two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to block the certification of votes from Detroit on the basis that there were discrepancies on the poll books from those precincts, despite being willing to certify votes from other precincts in the county that are majority white and showed similar discrepancies.

Legal Counsel to former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Steve Liedel, agrees. Here again in MI, it's not a razor-thin margin, it's 154,000 votes.

"Let the votes, not the politicians, speak", he added. "If they didn't have an order that it be certified well now we have a constitutional crisis in the state of MI that's never occurred before", said Chatfield.

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey spoke out on Twitter foreshadowing the possibility of a delay, "As I've repeatedly said our election process MUST be free of intimidation and threats".

If at least three canvassers don't vote to certify the election, the vote fails and likely gets tossed to the courts. There is no reason for them to adjourn. The Board of State Canvassers is set to meet remotely at 1 p.m. on Monday.