Republicans ask Michigan election board to delay certification for two weeks, audit Detroit votes

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Through: Reuters | Washington |

Nov. 22, 2020, 12:40 a.m.


People participate in a protest against the results of the 2020 US presidential election in Lansing, Michigan, USA (Source: REUTERS)

The Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party wrote to the Michigan State Solicitors Council on Saturday asking it to adjourn for 14 days to allow an audit of ballots in the state’s largest county .

The letter came as Wayne County, which includes the predominantly black city of Detroit, has become the focus of President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the November 3 election results in the states that were decisive in his defeat facing Democrat Joe Biden.

Two Republicans on the county prospecting board tried to overturn their votes to certify the county’s results after Trump himself called them. Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said certification cannot be revoked.

The state council, which includes two Democrats and two Republicans, is due to meet on Monday to certify the election results and will have up to 20 days to do so.

The letter called for a “full and transparent audit” in Wayne County, citing “numerical anomalies and credible reports of procedural irregularities” made by a losing Republican candidate for the Senate.

The secretary of state’s office on Friday recommended that the state council certify the results, which showed Biden to win in Michigan by 154,187 votes. He said there were small tabulation and reporting errors, but this was a “typical human error similar to that which occurred in previous elections” and did not affect the results.

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