The state and national Republican parties have asked the Board of State Canvassers to postpone the certification of state election results in an attempt to investigate “irregularities and irregularities” alleged to have taken place in Michigan’s Nov. 3.
Michigan Republican President Laura Cox and Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel asked the state to conduct a “complete, transparent review” before certification, noting that other states like Georgia “have taken discretionary steps”
The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet Monday to consider certification.
The request comes a day after Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James requested the same delay. James, a Farmington Hills businesstrails U.S. Senator Gary Peters, D-Bloomfield Township, with more than 92,000 votes in unofficial results after the 83 counties delivered their certified results, a gain for Peters of 9,000 votes from the preliminary results.
“Given the unprecedented nature of this election – largely carried out by mail in the midst of an ongoing pandemic, it would be a serious neglect of this board’s duty to the people of Michigan not to ensure that the irregularities identified by the James campaign. are thoroughly investigated by a full audit before certifying Wayne County’s results, “Cox and McDaniel wrote.
Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said Friday that an audit could not be completed before the certification of the results because “election officials do not have legal access to the documents needed to conduct audits until the certification.”
Kent County Clerk Lisa Posthumus Lyons, a Republican, reiterated those concerns when he testified before a joint legislative committee on Thursday.
“If you did it before the canvas was finished, you are revising unofficial results,” Posthumus Lyons said. “In addition, if you perform an audit before a recount takes place, you will open very safe containers and things that are really important to protect and maintain the security of the election before a possible recount takes place.
“The order in which all this happens, I think, is also important,” she said.
Still, Cox and McDaniel argued that it was possible to investigate some of the allegations made in the declarations and the unbalanced ballot papers in Wayne County while still meeting the December 8 certification deadline. States are required to certify this “safe harbor” day or invite court or congressional intervention.
“Simply overcoming these irregularities now without a thorough overhaul would only foster feelings of mistrust among Michigan voters,” Cox and McDaniel wrote.
Republican State Rep. Norm Shinkle told The Detroit News on Friday that he was considering moving to a revision and / or a delay in the final certification, but could not make a decision until it was presented by the Michigan Bureau of Elections’ certification report of 83 amter.
Shinkle said he was not convinced Wayne County Board of Canvassers had successfully certified the election after GOP canvassers tried to revoke their affirmative votes after the 14-day deadline. The cover larvae failed in their attempt, Wayne County’s attorney said.
“Now I’m only one voice out of four,” Shinkle said. “But if there is evidence that we need more information, then we should ask for it.”
Wayne County’s sidewalks were told Tuesday that approx. 70% of Detroit’s absent ballot boards were out of balance without explanation, potentially disqualifying them from a recount. The total number crashed into the city’s personal districts, where 22% were out of balance and inexplicable.
Election officials said the ballot papers, which were out of balance, had been turned off by a few hundred votes in a county where about 878,000 people voted. Elected Democratic President Joe Biden leads President Donald Trump by 51% -48%, or by 154,000 votes in the unofficial but certified county results, a gain for Biden of 8,000 votes over the preliminary lead of 146,000 votes.
Notices filed in cases seeking to stop the Wayne County enclosure, which was certified last week, alleged barriers to voting challengers and irregularities in the way ballot papers were handled at the TCF Center in Detroit. Election officials have denied the allegations, and a Wayne County judge and the state appellate court agree.
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