Michigan Republicans Seek To Delay Vote Certification

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Michigan Republicans Seek To Delay Vote Certification

Republican officials in Michigan have written to the state’s electoral board to request a two-week adjournment.

They have called for an audit of the presidential vote in the largest county, home to Detroit, after it was contested by President Donald Trump.

However, the Michigan Department of State has quickly objected to the idea, saying delays and audits are not permitted by law.

Democrat Joe Biden was projected as the state’s winner earlier this month.

The Michigan electoral board, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, is set to meet on Monday and certify election results.

Their decision has to be signed off by Michigan’s secretary of state and then the governor, both Democrats and so is unlikely to support any changes, without substantiated reasoning.

The state department has called claims of widespread fraud, repeated by President Trump and the local Republicans, “wholly meritless”.

Mr Trump took the unusual step of meeting members of the Michigan state legislature’s Republican leadership at the White House on Friday, reportedly putting pressure on them to disregard Mr Biden’s win in the state.

The White House said earlier it was “not an advocacy meeting” and simply part of the president’s routine meetings with state lawmakers across the country, although he has conducted very few engagements since the election.

Afterwards two Republican legislators pledged to follow “normal process” in validating the vote, saying they haven’t seen any evidence that would change the result.

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Yet, in the letter on Saturday, the Michigan Republican Party called for the full audit of votes in Wayne County, where the majority-black city of Detroit heavily leans Democrat.

The letter, signed by Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel and Michigan Republican Party head Laura Cox, cited allegations of “irregularities” in the county, which have not been substantiated.

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The Republican president has refused to recognise the overall national win by his Democratic rival, Joe Biden, who is now the president-elect and is set to take over on 20 January.

The normal transition process has been derailed by Mr Trump’s hold-out, with Mr Biden unable to get hold of office space, funding and staff to ease him into position, because a Trump appointee has not confirmed him as the election winner.

Michigan Republicans Seek To Delay Vote Certification

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