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Republicans temporarily block certification of Detroit's election results

November 17, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

President-elect Joe Biden speaks Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Del. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

In an unprecedented move, the Detroit-based Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked along partisan lines on a critical vote Tuesday and was unable to certify the county’s presidential results before the deadline.

President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan by more than 148,000 votes, a win made possible by a strong showing in Wayne County.

President Trump has mounted a longshot attempt to overturn the election results through lawsuits and with the Electoral College, though GOP lawmakers in Michigan have said they’ll respect the statewide popular vote.

Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, suggested in a statement Tuesday night that she could use her powers overseeing the statewide Bureau of Election to get the results from Wayne County certified.

“In similar circumstances in the past, state canvassers have appointed the Bureau of Elections to carry out the processes of canvassing the vote and voter totals,” Benson said.

Trump announced on Twitter he was firing Chris Krebs, the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, and directly tied it to Krebs' statement that said there "is no evidence that any voting system deleted or lost votes, changed votes, or was in any way compromised. "

President Trump has canceled his plans to travel to Mar-a-Lago for Thanksgiving, an administration official tells CNN.

Election officials in Georgia said Tuesday that about 2,755 early in-person votes were not included in initial results from Fayette County – a mistake that was uncovered during the ongoing audit of the state’s presidential election.

President Trump will net 449 votes from the new ballots, slightly narrowing President-elect Joe Biden’s statewide lead.

Sterling said that Walton County “may also have a memory card with 224 votes from an Election Day polling location that have not been uploaded,” and therefore were not counted.

After top officials said there was no widespread fraud, Trump started attacking the audit and pushed baseless conspiracy theories about voting machines changing millions of votes.

Responding to Trump’s claims about signature-matching, Sterling said, “he’s just flat-out, 100 percent, four-square wrong,” adding, “It’s just confusing to people, because people want to believe it, because the President is saying it. "

President-elect Joe Biden has no immediate plans to comment on the Trump administration’s plan to withdraw thousands of US troops from Afghanistan and Iraq just days before Biden is set to take office.

But that small win has propelled the Trump campaign in reason days to argue that vote counts across the state have been unfair and prompted them to push suspicions of fraud.

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