High drama is expected in Washington on Wednesday, as 140 Republicans, including three from Michigan, try to deny Joe Biden the presidency and keep Donald Trump in office. Spoiler alert: They will fail.
Michigan’s 16 electors are set to cast their votes for Joe Biden on Monday, in a process that will recur throughout the nation and cement the Democrat as the next president. But Trump isn’t expected to go quietly.
Courts have found no fraud, but four members of Congress and 15 state reps signed briefs to overturn the election in Michigan and three battleground states. One says they don’t have to abide by popular vote.
For a full day, GOP activists repeat election claims that courts have already rejected. Republican lawmakers who hosted the hearing say they have a duty to investigate. Democrats say the hearing wasted time with ‘unsubstantiated cries of fraud.’
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After a week of drama, the Michigan Board of State Canvassers affirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s 154K win in a 3-0 vote, dealing what could be a lethal blow to President Trump’s long-shot bid to persuade lawmakers to defy the popular vote.
Canvassing boards are thrust into the national spotlight after two Wayne County Republicans try to change their certification. County officials say they now need to do a better job investigating applicants before they are appointed to posts.
Now that Wayne County has certified its election, activists want the state Board of Canvassers to refuse to certify the state’s election and allow lawmakers to award Michigan’s electors to Trump. It’s a long shot and may be illegal.
After deadlocking earlier Tuesday, Michigan’s largest and most Democratic county switches course agrees to certify and audit its election. GOP canvassers had initially refused, citing unbalanced precincts, but agreed to a compromise amid withering criticism of disenfranchisement.
Joe Biden likely will make a huge step toward making his Michigan win official this week, as the state’s 83 county boards of canvassers certify election results. Despite unproven claims of fraud, even Republicans say surprises are unlikely.
President Trump’s legal strategy to thwart the Michigan election hinges on a claim that GOP challengers and poll workers were outnumbered and therefore votes they didn’t check shouldn’t count. It’s an argument that not only would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters, but is dangerous to democracy, foes say.