Michigan GOP Threatens to Delay Election Certification as Trump Continues to Challenge Results

HeadlineNov 23, 2020

A key Republican member of the Michigan canvassing board is expected to vote against certifying Joe Biden’s victory, potentially causing a constitutional crisis in the state if he is joined in a “no” vote by the other Republican member of the board. After meeting with Trump on Friday, Michigan lawmakers said they did not learn any new information that would change the outcome in Michigan. But Trump and Republican leaders have been putting pressure on the state’s canvassing board to delay certification.

This comes as Trump continues in his flailing legal efforts to overturn the election results. In Pennsylvania, a federal judge dismissed Trump’s lawsuit to block certification there, calling the claim “like Frankenstein’s Monster, … haphazardly stitched together.” In Georgia, the Trump campaign requested another recount Saturday, after the state already completed its hand recount and certified the win for Joe Biden Friday. In Wisconsin, where a recount is underway in two heavily Democratic counties after a request from Trump, election officials say Trump observers have been obstructing the process, in some cases by objecting to every ballot being counted.

Meanwhile, top House Democrats are demanding the Trump-appointed head of the General Services Administration, Emily Murphy, brief lawmakers on why she has yet to certify Biden’s win, which would allow him to finally access transition funding and key briefings.

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