John James questions Michigan’s election integrity as the state body certifies the outcome

The Republican businessman and John James, a twice-defeated U.S. Senate candidate, questioned the integrity of Monday’s November election while trying unsuccessfully to delay verifying Michigan’s election results.

James did not accept it after losing the U.S. Senate race in Michigan by 92,300 votes – according to results confirmed by the Michigan State Canvassers Board on Monday. James in a letter and his attorney, Charles Spies, who personally addressed the board, asked attorneys to withhold proof of the November election result for two weeks so that allegations of various unproven fraud and “irregularities” could be investigated.

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Members of the board, which consists of two Republicans and two Democrats, said they are legally required to verify the results of 83 counties in Michigan and have no authority to audit.

The panel voted 3-0 to confirm the election result after hearing election officials, lawmakers and residents. Norm Shinkle, a Republican board member, abstained and called on the Michigan legislature to look into the state’s election process.

James admitted that “the result of my race probably won’t change” in videos posted on Twitter on Sunday. However, James said he would be “selfish” to let go and instead be motivated to restore public confidence in the results.

In a letter to the board, James said he “accepts the will of the people if the will of the people – and not the will of power – is grounded”. James ’campaign could not be commented on Monday afternoon and he has rejected a number of attempts to interview James since the election.

“We agree: the people of the state of Michigan deserve election results that they can trust,” James wrote in a letter to the board. “In order to maintain that trust, the state also owes access to ballot papers and the integrity of the vote. If both are not provided in a balanced proportion, one party will always feel that they have not only lost but also been deceived. This is a threat to democracy. “

The courts have dismissed a number of lawsuits brought by President Donald Trump and other groups that have failed to accuse him of fraud. In Wayne County, election officials have repeatedly guaranteed the integrity of the Detroit election results.

Jonathan Brater, Michigan’s election director, advised the State House of Representatives to certify Monday’s November election results. According to Brater, no large-scale irregularities were found, except for the “typical human error that is always part of the process”.

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James ’campaign sent a 30-page letter to the board asking for a review of Wayne County’s results. The document contained allegations of unbalanced voting books, improper storage of ballot papers, errors in the processing of missing votes, and other issues.

The Republican businessman noted that 70% of Detroit’s districts were unbalanced, which prevented those counts from being recounted. James said this result “would not have been accepted in the Iraqi election and should not have been accepted by the people of Detroit and Michigan.”

However, the mistakes were attributed to human error. Daniel Baxter, who oversaw the process of counting Detroit absences, said there were about 600 ballot papers in the city’s districts.

James won 12,734 votes in Detroit, losing 214,700 votes in the city. James lost 322,200 votes in Wayne County.

Spies, a lawyer for Representative James, said Detroit has long been known to have encountered mistakes and errors in the last election. He prompted the board to withhold proof of results “to understand what happened in Wayne County”.

Republican Aaron Van Langevelde and vice chairman of the board said the board has no legal authority to audit. The spies disagreed with the argument that state law does not “explicitly” prohibit control as part of a statutory obligation to “establish and determine the outcome of elections.

Van Langevelde, a lawyer who works for the House of Republicans, says Spies misinterprets the law.

“I didn’t find anything from the authority to delay certification because we expect more accurate results; I experienced nothing to make certification conditional on an inspection; I did not find anything that would authorize the review of fraud complaints. Van Vanevelde said.

“I think the law here is pretty clear. I don’t see anything where we would be empowered to act as a court or a prosecutor. We are a simple board. This is to review and verify the returns. “

James raises funds through a legal cost fund established with the Republican National Committee and Trump’s campaign treasurer. The Trump campaign established its own legal base and aggressively collected donations from supporters in November.

It’s not clear how much money James raised through the legal basis, but the financial reports are due to be released later this year.

The Canvassers Board vote gave another blow to Trump’s attempt to question the integrity of the 2020 elections in Michigan and other states. Trump also claimed that James won the U.S. Senate race in Michigan.

Mary Ellen Gurewitz, a lawyer representing the Democratic Party of Michigan, turned to the board of directors on Monday to criticize James for raising doubts about the election. Gurewitz said the James campaign repeated allegations that were rejected during various legal challenges and is consistent with a “racist campaign” led by Trump to end disenfranchisement of black voters in cities like Detroit.

James said, “I’m not doing this for the president,” in a video posted on Twitter on Sunday.

“Like it or not, when half of our state’s voters believe we’re holding the safest elections in U.S. history and the other half believe they’ve been fooled, we have a problem,” James said.

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