Michigan Election Board Certifies Vote For Joe Biden
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state's election results on Monday.
The Michigan Board of State Canvassers certified the state’s election results on Monday.
The certification comes after election commissioners for Michigan’s Wayne County attempted to retract their votes last week. The commissioners asserted that threats and harassment leveled against them originally forced their votes to certify. Michigan law does not provide a mechanism for retraction.
Today’s decision was made by a four member bipartisan board having two members of each political party. Republican board member Norman Shinkle, opted to abstain from the vote over objections to the process.
Shinkle had stated ahead of the vote that he did “not plan on voting for certification,” continuing that “I believe Wayne County’s certification process needs to be looked at. I think there’s serious problems with it.”
“It is my greatest hope that after the next election, this board will be able to certify the results in an environment where there are no unanswered questions or suspicions that our election was in any way compromised,” Shinkle said. “All citizens need to be assured that Michigan is conducting clean, accurate and professional elections.”
The certification is a victory for Biden while marking another setback to Trump’s legal challenge to the states election results.
Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis claimed that “certification by state officials is simply a procedural step. We are going to continue combating election fraud around the country as we fight to count all the legal votes. Americans must be assured that the final results are fair and legitimate.”
Following the certification, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson stated that “today’s vote of the State Board of Canvassers to certify Michigan’s November election confirms the truth: the election was fair and secure, and the results accurately reflect the will of the voters.”
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