In a dramatic, hours-long session, the Canvassers Council of the State Council of Michigan validated Michigan’s election results earlier this week, formalizing the state power of President-elect Joe Biden over incumbent President Donald Trump.
The formal confirmation of the Michigan final vote under typical radar was none other than this year, when the Trump campaign and Republican party callers sought to delay the inevitable.
Now that the recount request has been completed, Biden has led 154 to 188 votes ahead of Trump in Michigan – the final big step is for Michigan’s 16 electors to cast their votes for Biden and elected Kamala Harris next month.
After state officials voted 3-0-1 to certify the state’s election results, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the results to formally recognize Michigan’s electorate slate for Biden and Harris.
This document will be sent to the federal government and voters will meet in the Senate Chamber of the Michigan Capitol on Monday, Dec. 14 to verify the results.
In Michigan, parties select their table of 16 presidential voters before the election, and the winning candidate’s party sends the voters ’table to cast Michigan voter votes for the president and vice president. Michigan has one voter and two voters in each congressional district.
The state statute requires all voters to cast their ballots for the candidates of the political party that nominated them. Failure to do so “shall constitute a resignation from the office of electorate, no vote shall be recorded, and the remaining voters shall immediately fill the vacancy,” the law states.
Michigan’s 16 voters in this term:
- Chris Cracchiolo, representing District 1
- Timothy Smith, on behalf of the 2nd District
- Blake Mazurek, on behalf of the 3rd District
- Bonnie J. Lauria, for the 4th District
- Bobbie Walton, representing the 5th District
- Mark Miller, representing the 6th District
- Connor Wood, on behalf of the 7th District
- Robin Smith, on behalf of the 8th District
- Walter C. Herzing III, on behalf of the 9th District
- Carolyn Holley, representing the 10th District
- Susan Nichols, for the 11th District
- Steven Rzeppa, representing the 12th district
- Helen Moore, representing the 13th District
- Michael Kerwin, for the 14th District
- Chuck Browning, a great voter
- Marseille Allen, a great voter
It is unclear whether Trump’s campaign poses additional challenges ahead of Michigan’s proven general election results. Legal challenges alleging fraud or misconduct by Republicans in the November election were rejected by Michigan courts and the window for candidates requesting a recount was closed – state law required candidates to certify the results 48 hours after submitting that application.
John James, the Republican U.S. Senate candidate who also raised election irregularities before Monday’s certification, officially gave his race to U.S. Democratic Senate Gary Peters on Tuesday night.
Going forward, there will likely be further checks for typos that have surfaced around the state during the election.
The Secretary of State plans to conduct a prudential audit of the presidential election results, and the legislature is expected to continue examining the state’s electoral system, led by House and Senate oversight committees.
Michigan County officials held a joint oversight hearing day with the integrity of the November election before the Council of State Representatives confirmed the results.
House and Senate oversight presidents recently told MLive that they will continue to hear witnesses about the election process, and a senate oversight hearing on the counting of absentees at the TCF Center in Detroit will be scheduled for Tuesday at 10:15 p.m.
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Michigan House hearings continue in election, but president says Trump must prove fraud or “move on”
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