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Key GOP Michigan canvassing board member expected to vote against certifying results

November 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

A key Republican on the Michigan canvassing board is expected to vote against certifying the state's election results on Monday, a potential boon for the Trump campaign's conspiracy theory-fueled effort to delay the finalization of results.

(CNN)A key Republican on the Michigan canvassing board is expected to vote against certifying the state's election results on Monday, a potential boon for the Trump campaign's conspiracy theory-fueled effort to delay the finalization of results.

According to Michigan GOP Rep. Paul Mitchell, who said he spoke days ago with Norman Shinkle, one of the two GOP members on the board, Shinkle indicated last week he would vote against certifying the election results until an investigation is completed so as to push a delay even though there is no evidence of fraud or malfeasance that would necessitate such a move.

Depending on how Aaron Van Langevelde, the other GOP member of the board, casts his vote, Mitchell told CNN either members of the Trump team end up delaying the certification of the election results or they have something that they can point to as evidence of unfairness, even if it isn't.

Although Chatfield reiterated that the role of the Board of State Canvassers is to "certify the election for whoever won the popular vote," he did acknowledge in the interview what could happen if the process went awry.

Chatfield, who met Friday with Trump at the White House, said he supported an audit of election results in Wayne County -- the state's largest, which includes Detroit -- to investigate why there are some discrepancies in vote totals and that the state Legislature is also looking into how the election was conducted.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson on Saturday defended how the state handled the election and told CNN's Wolf Blitzer on "The Situation Room" that she expected the canvassers to certify the results.

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