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Trump’s hopes sputter to end in Michigan. ‘It’s over, and they know it.’

Trump’s hopes sputter to end in Michigan. ‘It’s over, and they know it.’

November 25, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

After three weeks of false claims and wild tweets, President Donald Trump’s longshot bid to overturn his election loss is over. The deadline has passed to seek a recount, and the GOP politely declined a visit from campaign attorney Rudy Giuliani.

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Shirkey says Trump didn't ask for interference; Nessel probes threats

Michigan 2020 Election Tracker | Shirkey says Trump didn't ask for interference; Nessel probes threats

November 24, 2020 | Bridge Staff

This continuously updated post includes details of Michigan's elections, campaigns, politics and voting news.

Michigan’s results official but harm done to Black voters may linger

Michigan’s results official but harm done to Black voters may linger

November 24, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

President Trump’s effort to target votes and raise false fraud accusations in Black communities could cause lasting damage, experts say.

With Michigan’s presidential vote certified, is Trump out of options?

With Michigan’s presidential vote certified, is Trump out of options?

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

Canvassers certify election. Joe Biden wins Michigan, its 16 electoral votes

November 23, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

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.

What to expect from Michigan Board of Canvassers; how to watch meeting

What to expect from Michigan Board of Canvassers; how to watch meeting

November 23, 2020 | Madeline Halpert

 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.

Fact Squad | Audit wouldn’t change outcome of Biden win in Michigan

Fact Squad | Audit wouldn’t change outcome of Biden win in Michigan

November 22, 2020 | Mike Wilkinson

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.

Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

Lee Chatfield: Michigan could face ‘constitutional crisis’ over election

November 22, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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 GOP leaders meet Trump, promise ‘we will follow law’ on election

Michigan GOP leaders meet Trump, promise ‘we will follow law’ on election

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

Three ex-governors agree: Michigan should certify election for Joe Biden

Three ex-governors agree: Michigan should certify election for Joe Biden

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Ron French

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.

GOP wants audit before certifying Michigan election. Law won’t allow it.

GOP wants audit before certifying Michigan election. Law won’t allow it.

November 20, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

President Trump lobbying GOP to overturn vote, deliver Michigan to him

President Trump lobbying GOP to overturn vote, deliver Michigan to him

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

Monica Palmer, Michigan canvassers got election posts after little vetting

November 19, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Mansur Shaheen

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.

Trump withdraws Michigan suit, falsely claims Wayne County votes halted

Trump withdraws Michigan suit, falsely claims Wayne County votes halted

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

GOP canvassers want do-over on Wayne County results. Too late, experts say

GOP canvassers want do-over on Wayne County results. Too late, experts say

November 19, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

Wayne County canvasser: I sought to 'protect' Detroit vote, ‘not be racist’

Wayne County canvasser: I sought to 'protect' Detroit vote, ‘not be racist’

November 18, 2020 | Joel Kurth

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.'

Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

Michigan GOP canvassers under pressure to ignore votes, help Trump

November 18, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting, Madeline Halpert

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.

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

Wayne County changes course, certifies election as GOP members relent

November 17, 2020 | Madeline Halpert, Jonathan Oosting

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.

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

GOP leader: Michigan doesn’t need COVID mandates — or to impeach Gov. Whitmer

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey says Republicans aren’t planning legislation to curb ‘runaway’ COVID-19 cases. But he says efforts to recall Gretchen Whitmer are a ‘distraction’

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

Joe Biden won, Michigan elector coup ‘not going to happen,’ GOP leader says

November 17, 2020 | Jonathan Oosting

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.

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