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What to know about Monday's Michigan State Board meeting to certify election results

November 21, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 04: A worker with the Detroit Department of Elections helps process an absentee ballot at the Central Counting Board in the TCF Center on November 4, 2020 in Detroit, Michigan. After a record-breaking early voting turnout, Americans head to the polls on the last day to cast their vote for incumbent U.S. President Donald Trump or Democratic nominee Joe Biden in the 2020 presidential election. (Photo by Elaine Cromie/Getty Images)

Certification is usually a formality, but President Donald Trump is trying to block or delay the process in key states as part of a long-shot effort to overturn the election that he lost to President-elect Joe Biden.

All eyes have been on Michigan this week after Trump called two Republican canvass board members from Wayne County to offer his support, after they went back and forth on voting to certify the election results from the state's largest county, which includes Detroit.

Monday is the day when the Michigan State Board of Canvassers is scheduled to meet to certify those results.

Michigan election law experts told reporters on a press call Friday that the language of the law, which states that the board "shall canvass the returns," is key to understanding the requirements of the board.

The board cannot try to certify part of the results for the state and not all of it, as was suggested by the Republican chair of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers at their certification meeting, which received a lot of pushback at the time.

At the same time, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a Democrat, has the power to remove and replace any board member, according to Michigan law, and can act without waiting for a court or anyone else.

Even if the State Board of Canvassers refuses to certify results and the issue goes to the courts and Whitmer potentially steps in, Michigan election lawyers explained that the legislature cannot try to appoint their own electors.

In Wayne County, after the board certified its results, the two Republican members of the board submitted affidavits trying to recall their votes.

To recall votes, the board would have to call another meeting, but Michigan election experts said Friday that would not happen.

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