Published: Mon, November 23, 2020

RNC chair urges MI board to pause certification of election results

RNC chair urges MI board to pause certification of election results

It is scheduled to certify its results Monday.

"Whitmer also implored Senate Majority leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering) to "...put country over party, respect the law, and see through that the will of the people is reflected in our electors and not play games with this fundamental part of our democracy".

Trump has made no effort to hide that he believes votes from Detroit specifically should be discounted, tweeting this week with absolutely no evidence that "voter fraud in Detroit is rampant, and has been for many years!"

Republican U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan's current longest-serving member of Congress, told CNN on Sunday that "the voters spoke" and the state had no razor-thin presidential race.

"For two weeks, the president and his campaign have been spreading misinformation and making baseless accusations of voting irregularities in cities with large concentrations of Black voters who participated in record numbers in this election", said NAACP LDF's President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill in a release announcing the lawsuit against Trump and his campaign.

Michigan's elections agency has recommended that the November 3 results - including Biden's 2.8-percentage point victory - be certified by the Board of State Canvassers, which has two Democrats and two Republicans.

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.

If the board is deadlocked, Mark Brewer, former chairman of the Michigan Democratic Party and Attorney at Goodman Acker LLC, says, "they will be ordered to certify by a court backed up by the very sanctions a court can impose". "You've got to let those votes stand". She was appointed to the board in 2013 and is the recording secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Works Local 58.

A group of MI voters alleged in a lawsuit filed Friday in the D.C. federal court that challenges and pressure on election officials amounted to attempted mass voter suppression by the Trump campaign. Shinkle's wife, Mary, was a poll challenger at Detroit's TCF Center and a witness in Trump's lawsuit, which was dropped last week.

John Pirich, a veteran of state election law and adjunct faculty member at the Michigan State University College of Law, says, "Auditing the election is not within its scope of duties; the board is only responsible for reviewing the vote calculations and signing them".

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