Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers should delay Monday’s scheduled certification of the state’s Nov. 3 election results, a prominent state Republican said Friday.
John James, the GOP candidate who competed in the state’s U.S. Senate race earlier this month – but has not yet admitted Democratic incumbent Gary Peters – made the request to the four-member board of directors, according to the Detroit Free Press.
“I am submitting this request because I am interested in the truth and protecting the integrity of our choices,” James wrote to the board, according to the newspaper. “Sometimes the truth takes time to get up, and it̵
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The panel, which consists of two Republicans and two Democrats, is due to meet Monday to certify the state’s presidential election results, which showed Democrat Joe Biden defeating President Trump by about 155,000 votes, according to the Fox News Decision Desk.
In a letter to the board, James calls for a two-week delay “in order to fully control the election results,” Free Press reported.
Unofficial results show that James leaves Peters in the Senate race with about 92,000 votes, the newspaper reported.
Norm Shinkle, a Republican board member, has said he is leaning toward a request for delay, according to the report.
Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s audits of the vote are scheduled for after certification takes place – because certification is required to allow officials access to the documents.
Benson, a Democrat, claimed no credible fraud allegations have been made in the state to justify the board committee postponing the certification.
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On Thursday, the Trump 2020 campaign drew a lawsuit challenging the election results in Wayne County, Mich., Which includes Detroit, claiming that the goal of preventing the county’s results from being certified prematurely had been reached.
The county board of directors certified its election results Tuesday.
On Friday, two Republican leaders in Michigan – State Senate Leader Mike Shirkey and State President Lee Chatfield – met with President Trump in the White House and said they had not seen any evidence that would “change the outcome of the election.” in Michigan, but would continue a thorough review of the election process.