Echoing President Donald Trumpâs baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in Michigan, the Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party are attempting to stall the certification of the stateâs election results.
RNC Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party Chairwoman Laura Cox asked Michiganâs Board of State Canvassers in a letterÂ on Saturday to delay certification of the stateâs election results for two weeks to âallow for a full audit and investigationâ into alleged voting âanomalies and irregularities.â
McDaniel and Cox specifically called for an audit of the results in Wayne County, which includes Detroit and is home to a significant number of Black voters and Democrats. Wayne County voted overwhelmingly for President-elect Joe Biden.Â
There is zero evidence of significant voter fraud in Wayne County â or anywhere else in Michigan (or the U.S. as a whole, for that matter). In their letter, McDaniel and Cox provided no proof for their allegations.
Michiganâs Board of State Canvassers â a four-member board responsible forÂ certifying the stateâs vote â is required under state law to finalize the certification of the results by Monday, Nov. 23. Two Democrats and two Republicans sit on the board.
But Trump and his allies have been working hard to prevent this from happening, even filing a federal lawsuit in an attempt to halt the certification of Michiganâs vote.Â
That lawsuit was dropped on Thursday, but Trump has not given up his efforts to undermine the stateâs election results.Â He invited GOP state legislators from Michigan to the White House on Friday, which, asÂ The New York Times noted, marked an unusual encroachment by a president into state politics.
In a similarly intrusive move, Trump reportedlyÂ called Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, the two Republican members of Wayne Countyâs canvassing board, on Tuesday.Â
Palmer and Hartmann had earlier provoked controversy after they refused to certify the countyâs election results. But the pair eventually agreed to certify them in the face of fierce backlash.Â
A day after Trumpâs call, however, Palmer and Hartmann signed affidavits saying they wanted to rescind their certification votes.
Michiganâs Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson (D) has said, however, that there is âno legal mechanismâ for Palmer and Hartmann to rescind their votes.
Biden was named the winner of the presidential election two weeks ago. He won 306 electoral votes to Trumpâs 232 electoral votes, according to AP.Â
In Michigan, Biden currently leads Trump by over 155,000 votes.Â
Trump has not only refused to concede but has repeatedly declared himself the victor of the presidential election.
âI won, by the way,âÂ he said again on Friday.
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