MI leader: Trump didn't ask for election interference

Remigio Civitarese
Novembre 23, 2020

In Wayne County, after Republican canvassers first refused to certify the election this past week, Trump tweeted: "Wow!"

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.

But after receiving feedback from the community that night, the board agreed to certify the election.

Trump's insistence on voter fraud in some of the aforementioned states carry a pattern: the Republican went on to lose a number of swing states after early leads vanished as mail-in votes were counted, powered in large part by counties and cities with high Black populations who voted overwhelmingly for his Democratic challenger.

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.

The Bureau of Elections has recommended the Board of State Canvassers certify the results, noting that all of Michigan's 83 counties have certified the results.

The request came a day after President Trump met at the White House with Republican state Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and GOP state House Speaker Lee Chatfield.

After a week of foolery in the process of certifying Michigan's election results, which show the state going for decisively for President-elect Joe Biden over incumbent President Trump, Black Detroiters are fighting back against what they see as an attempt to disenfranchise them.

'Michigan election law clearly requires that the state´s electors must be those nominated by the party that received the most votes - not the Legislature, ' says a stock email House Republicans are sending in response to people who contact their offices. It also asks that the judge block the hijacking of electoral votes.

If at least three canvassers don't vote to certify the election, the vote fails and likely gets tossed to the courts. 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.

Legal Counsel to former Governor Jennifer Granholm, Steve Liedel, agrees.

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".

"Appointing members of the electoral college is not legislative-it's not passing a law".

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