Michigan certifies Biden win, rejecting Trump claims

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden remarks about health care on October 16, 2020, at the Beech Woods Recreation Center in Southfield, Michigan.

Michigan’s top election board on Monday certified Joe Biden’s victory in that state’s presidential election, giving President Donald Trump another setback in an effort to block Democrats’ national victory.

The Michigan Board of State Canvassers signed the popular election results by 3–0 votes.

Republican board member Aaron Van Langvelde, along with two Democrats on the board, voted to authenticate Biden’s victory, while stopping another GOP member, Normal Shinkle.

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A few days after the vote, Trump held an unprecedented meeting with Republican state lawmakers in Michigan at the White House, which considered state legislators attempting to garner popular votes and appoint a slate of Trump electors to Electoral College had gone.

After the meeting, the legislators said they saw no evidence of fraud that would invalidate the popular vote. They also said they would follow state law, which suggests that voters in the state’s electoral college go to the winner of popular ballots.

“We appreciate the state board’s recognition of plain facts: President-Elect Joe Biden won the state of Michigan by more than 150,000 votes – 14 times,” Biden’s campaign spokesman in Michigan, Ben Hale, said in a statement Monday. Donald Trump in 2016 by a margin of. ”

“We thank the state of Michigan for its support, and look forward to receiving its 16 electoral votes,” he said.

Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis said in a statement, “Certification by state officials is only a procedural step. We are going to continue electoral fraud around the country as we fight to count all legal votes.” ”

“Americans should be assured that the end results are fair and valid,” Ellis said.

Trump’s campaign has claimed, without evidence, that he was out of victory as a result of voting fraud in Michigan and elsewhere. But those claims repeatedly failed to gain traction in the courts, where the campaign and Trump’s allies have filed lawsuits.

A federal lawsuit challenging ballots in the Detroit area last week was dropped from the campaign, claiming that the Wayne County Election Board voted against the results certified there. In fact, the board had certified Biden’s victory as a county, but two Republican members of the board later said they wanted to revoke their approval, a move that Michigan’s Secretary of State is not legally possible is.

Protesters at Car Caravan called for the State Canvassers Board to certify the results of the election on November 23, 2020 in Lansing, Michigan.

On Saturday, a federal judge in Pennsylvania was sacked with a written written verdict, a lawsuit filed by Trump’s campaign seeking to prevent counties in that state from certifying their election results to date. The secretaries of the state Kathy Bokovar are expected to sign the counties’ certificates after they are filed. Trump’s campaign is appealing the verdict.

Michigan and Pennsylvania are one of several states won by Biden that Trump won in the 2016 election.

Georgia is one of those states.

Georgia certified its votes last week to show a win for Biden after ballots were handed out. The state will now organize a machine at the request of the Trump campaign.

Currently Biden is projected to win 306 electoral college votes, with more than 36 electoral votes he needs to win the presidency.

Legal experts give Trump very little, if any hope, to snatch enough electoral college votes to avoid defeat, invalidating enough popular ballots for Biden in enough states.

Michigan Gov. Gechen Whitmer said Monday, “I applaud the three members of the State Board of Canvassers who voted to abide by the law and certify the 2020 election results today.”

Whitmer said, “The people of Michigan have spoken. President-Elect Biden won the state of Michigan by more than 154,000 votes, and he will be our next president on January 20.”

“I also want to thank Secretary of State Jolly Benson and local clerks from across Michigan who ensured that this year’s election was free, fair and safe, and that voters who turned out in record numbers heard their voices. Now, this It’s time. Put this election behind us and come as a state to defeat our common enemy: COVID-19. ”

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