MI leader: Trump didn't ask for election interference

Cheryl Sanders
November 23, 2020

The suit alleges that the Trump's post-election efforts "repeat the worst abuses in our nation's history, as Black Americans were denied a voice in American democracy for most of the first two centuries of the Republic". "Campaign are engaged in a campaign to overturn the results of the election by blocking certification of the results, on the (legally incorrect) theory that blocking certification would allow state legislatures to override the will of the voters and choose the Trump Campaign's slate of electors".

Trump had an initial lead in MI on Election Day until mail-in ballots swung the race in Biden's favor, putting the former vice president ahead of the sitting president by more than 150,000 votes in the battleground state.

After a week of foolery in the process of certifying Michigan's election results, which show the state going for decisively for President-elect Joe Biden over incumbent President Trump, Black Detroiters are fighting back against what they see as an attempt to disenfranchise them. Upton, R-St. Joseph, said "the voters have spoken" when he appeared on CNN.

State canvasser Norm Shinkle, a Republican, said Friday he's considering moving for the audit or delaying the state's final certification, but he couldn't make that decision without the state Michigan Bureau of Elections report on the certifications.

Numerous actions can be taken if the canvassers fail to exercise their duty, according to Steven Liedel, former chief legal counsel to former Gov. Jennifer Granholm. Here again in MI, it's not a razor-thin margin, it's 154,000 votes.

"Appointing members of the electoral college is not legislative-it's not passing a law".

If the board does not confirm the results and the Michigan Supreme Court does not subsequently order it to do so, Chatfield said 'now we have a constitutional crisis'.

Both Chatfield and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey stayed overnight at the hotel, located a few blocks from the White House.

"Michigan has a proud history the last 65 years that this board has always acted in an unanimous nonpartisan fashion", Brewer said.

Brewer adds, "Those sanctions have been used in the past against recalcitrant board members: contempt, possible bar grievances, and all the other penalties". There is no reason for them to adjourn.

The Michigan Board of Canvassers is set to officially certify the election's results Monday. Now, Michigan and the country will wait for this ordinarily mundane bureaucratic process to unfold.

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