2020 Michigan election
All eyes will be on an obscure four-member, bipartisan board with certifying Michigan’s election. Here’s what to expect when the board meets at 1 p.m. Monday. You can watch it here.
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.
President Trump can still request a recount in Michigan, but Monday’s certification vote by the Board of State Canvassers closes off yet another avenue for Trump to contest President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and begins the formal process for next month’s Electoral College vote.
After meeting with President Trump, the Republican House leader for the first time raises the possibility that a breakdown of Michigan’s elections process may create a ‘constitutional crisis’ that lawmakers must resolve.
Michigan Republicans want to investigate “imbalanced” precincts in Wayne County. But those precincts likely involve fewer than 500 votes in a state Donald Trump lost by 154,000. Waiting for an audit can only serve to delay, not alter the outcome.
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The battle for Michigan turns Monday to the state Board of Canvassers, where a key Republican is threatening to refuse to certify the election until after an audit. But experts say that’s not allowed — and could take so long it would delay the awarding of Michigan electors for president.
Rick Snyder, Jennifer Granholm and John Engler call on state canvassers to put aside politics, unfounded fraud claims and pressure from President Trump and certify Biden’s 150,000 vote victory.
Under a torrent of criticism, a contingent of GOP lawmakers meets with President Trump in Washington days before Michigan is to certify the presidential election. The lawmakers say they talked about COVID.
Two Republican canvassers change their minds again, say they want to ‘rescind’ votes to certify Wayne County’s election. Experts say that can’t happen, but it comes days before a bipartisan state board meets to certify Michigan results.
Rudy Guiliani, President Trump’s campaign lawyer, said the campaign withdrew its federal suit challenging Michigan’s presidential vote because it has already succeeded in blocking certification of votes in Wayne County. It has not.
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.
The president and supporters are pushing Republicans to overlook the popular vote and give him Michigan’s 16 electoral votes. Doing so would disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of citizens.
"Just one generation before me, my father, born in Mississippi, returned home from his service in the Korean War only to be told he could not vote, because he was Black," Stephen Henderson writes.
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.
As Wayne County commissioners are set to demand the resignations of two GOP canvassers who initially refused to certify the county’s election, one of them, Monica Palmer, says the experience was 'heartbreaking.' A fellow member says she's not 'ready for prime time.'
Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Democrat Joe Biden is the president-elect and the Legislature’s investigation of the election won’t change the results in Michigan.
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.
President Donald Trump has sued to stop certification of Michigan’s elections. But the case can’t proceed because his attorneys still haven’t taken the simple step of notifying state officials of the lawsuit.
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.