“This board is facing a sharp choice,” the letter reads, citing “numerical irregularities” and “procedural irregularities” that they say will leave “the mistrust and sense of procedural franchise felt by many Michigan voters to deal with. for years “if ignored by the board.
In a tweet Friday before the letter’s release, Michigan’s Democratic Secretary of State suggested such a revision would not be allowed under state law. Michigan law does not allow the release of the necessary records until the state confirms the results.
“Not sure who needs to hear this, but under state law (MCL 1
Still, the demand increases the pressure on the two Republican members of the four-member state board of directors, whose actions on Monday could slow down the process of finalizing the election results in the battlefield.
President-elect Joe Biden leads the state with about 150,000 votes. In an interview this week, Norman Shinkle, one of the Republicans on the state board of directors, said that although he expected Biden to win the election, he could propose a delay to allow for a revision of state votes amid unfounded accusations. from the president and his allies with widespread fraud.
Republican members of the state legislature declared Friday after a White House meeting that they had not learned anything that could justify reversing the outcome in their state.
On Saturday morning, Detroit News reporter Melissa Nann Burke wrote on Twitter that she had seen four of the Republicans – the state of Sens Mike Shirkey, Dan Lauwers, Aric Nesbitt and Tom Barrett – leave Trump’s center in Washington. Burke also posted a photo she said was provided by a source showing Michigan House speaker Lee Chatfield (R) having drinks in the hotel lobby.
Lawmakers used their own personal funds for the collection, said Gideon D’Assandro, a spokesman for Chatfield.
The Trump hotel – a popular Republican hangout – is expensive, even during the pandemic: On Saturday, the hotel’s website said the lowest available price for that night was $ 476.
In a statement, Shirkey’s spokeswoman Amber McCann said the state senator “was first made aware of the letter from the Michigan Republican Party before following his White House appearance.”
McDaniel and Cox’s demands for control are focused solely on the election results in Wayne County, Michigan’s largest and most democratic county, which includes Detroit.
Wayne County officials have noted discrepancies in the number of votes in a number of areas. But they said the size of the errors was small – a difference of one or two votes per. District affecting a total of about 450 votes.
GOP leaders said they were “reiterating” the concerns of the failed Republican U.S. Senate candidate John James this week, citing a letter filed yesterday by his campaign calling for irregularities in Wayne County’s election. Cox and McDaniel called the accusations from the James campaign “deeply troubling.”
“Given the unprecedented nature of this election – largely carried out by mail in the midst of an ongoing pandemic,” they wrote. “It would be a serious failure of this board’s duty to the people of Michigan not to ensure that the irregularities identified in the James campaign are thoroughly investigated by a full audit before confirming Wayne County’s findings.”
Attempting to provide assurance that this was not an indefinite attempt to block the state’s process of electing voters to Biden, they wrote that “neither postponement nor revision of Wayne County’s results would allow delay in certification of the election result beyond the statutory deadline in December 7. 2020. “
Earlier this week, Benson reminded Michigan that her office already intended to conduct a revision of the election and has been preparing to do so for the past two years, noting that this would be a typical post-election procedure and was not done. in response to rebutted or unfounded allegations of electoral fraud.
“Throughout my tenure as Secretary of State, and indeed long before, I have repeatedly spoken about the importance of post-election reviews to ensure that Michiganders can rely on the outcome of our election as an accurate reflection of the will of the people,” she said. said in the statement. “In particular, the audit is neither designed to address nor performed in response to false or mythical allegations of ‘irregularities’ that have no factual basis.”
Under the Michigan Electoral Code, the Secretary of State allows “the release of all ballots, ballots, ballot papers and equipment after 30 days after approval of an election by the Board of State Founders” in the event that a recount has been requested or a court has ruled an order limiting “interference” in these materials.
Tom Hamburger of Detroit contributed to this report.