With Michigan’s certification and 16 electoral votes, Trump’s effort to deny Biden a victory by citing electoral irregularities and fraud in many states has become even more unlikely.
Biden defeated Trump in Michigan by more than 150,000 votes, or nearly three percentage points, and the Election Prospecting Board is required to validate the tally.
Trump and his GOP allies have called on Republicans to delay certification. Norman Shinkle, one of two Republicans on Michigan’s four-member board of directors, had suggested he favored deferral of certification due to technical irregularities that could have affected a few hundred votes in a county . He abstained in Monday’s vote.
The other Republican on the council, Aaron Van Langevelde, repeatedly said in a meeting on Monday that he saw no indication in the law that the council had any option other than to certify the results submitted to it. “Our duty is very simple and it is our duty,” Van Langevelde said, quoted by the AP.
He voted for certification, which went 3-0.
Court challenge in Pennsylvania
Monday is also the deadline in Pennsylvania for counties to report their certified counts to Democratic Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar.
Boockvar could then certify the results on behalf of the state within days. Biden won Pennsylvania by about 81,000 votes, or just over a percentage point.
But Trump’s campaign on Monday asked a federal appeals court to revive a long-standing challenge to Pennsylvania’s election results, saying officials should be barred from declaring President-elect Joe Biden the state winner. .
Trump’s campaign lawsuit alleged inconsistent treatment by county election officials of mail-in ballots.
The campaign is appealing part of a US District Court decision for the Intermediate District of Pennsylvania, rendered by US District Judge Matthew Brann.
Brann said in his ruling on Saturday that the case was based on “strained legal arguments” and that he had “no authority to take away the right to vote from even one person, let alone millions of citizens. “.
Brann also rejected the campaign’s request to add claims to its lawsuit, including an allegation that his due process rights had been violated.
The Trump campaign call centers on the narrow question of whether Brann improperly refused to let them modify their trial a second time.
The Pennsylvania Secretary of State has until Tuesday afternoon to respond. If the campaign loses its appeal, it could ask the United States Supreme Court to reconsider the case.
The Trump campaign is also questioning the results through recounts, in Georgia and Wisconsin.
Georgia, whose election results certified by Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger last week, showed Biden to beat Trump by 12,670 votes out of about five million votes, or about 0.25 percent.
Under state law, a candidate can request a recount when the margin is less than 0.5%. The Trump campaign on Saturday sent an official request for a recount to the Secretary of State’s office.
Counties can start the recount at 9:00 a.m. (2:00 p.m. GMT) Tuesday and must end at 11:59 p.m. on December 2 (05:00 GMT on December 3)Gabriel Sterling, who oversaw the implementation of the state’s new voting system for the Secretary of State’s office, said in a video press conference Monday.
Sterling also said the Secretary of State’s office is still reviewing whether some sort of investigation into verifying signed oaths outside Georgia’s ballots was appropriate, but said there was no had no specific allegation that the signature matching process was not performed correctly. .
Wisconsin’s partial presidential recount entered its fourth day on Monday, with very little change in vote totals.
Biden won the state by around 20,600 votes and his margin in the largely Democratic counties of Milwaukee and Dane was about two to one. These are the only countries where Trump has paid to have a recount.
Trump’s lawyers seek to stop counting missing ballots where voters have identified themselves as “indefinitely confined”; when the information on the certification envelope is in two different ink colors, indicating that a poll worker may have helped fill it out; and when there is no separate record indicating that this has been requested, including all in-person postal ballots.
Those ballots were counted in the recount, but could be targeted as part of Trump’s state court challenge, which alleges mail-in electoral fraud, particularly around polling officers helping to complete ballots.
Under the bipartisan Election Commission long-standing guidance, clerks can fill in missing information when they can reliably determine it. No court has ever found this practice illegal.
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