The latest effort to halt Michigan’s election certification process comes after President Donald Trump apparently failed to convince Republican members of Michigan’s legislature to help swing the state in his favor. After meeting with the White House on Friday, Michigan Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said they were not aware of any new information that would change the outcome of the Michigan election.
Elected Democratic President Joe Biden won Michigan by about 150,000 votes. The state is among a handful where the Trump campaign has filed legal challenges. It is scheduled to certify its results on Monday.
Republican Gov. Norm Shinkle told the Detroit News on Friday that he was considering throwing his support behind a revision or delay in final certification after two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers unsuccessfully tried to revoke their county results certification after have learned an audit would not be performed before state certification.
Shinkle said he could not make a decision until he saw the Michigan Bureau of Elections report on the certifications from 83 counties.
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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said earlier this week that her agency would conduct a review following the election of Wayne County and some other local jurisdictions. But she said the audit could not be performed until state results were certified because election officials do not have legal access to the necessary documents until then, according to Detroit News.
A group of Michigan voters claimed in a lawsuit filed Friday in DC federal court that challenges and pressure on election officials constituted attempts at mass repression of the Trump campaign.