GOP Canvassing Board Member Could Delay Michigan Vote Cerfitication

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Normal Shinkle, a Republican on Michigan’s canvassing board could cause delays in the certification of the state’s election results for President-elect Joe Biden. Shinkle is considering blocking the certification at the board’s meeting due to concerns of voter fraud and system glitches. The conservative board member said, “you can’t make your mind up before you get all the facts.”

Shinkle of one of two Republicans on the board with the duty of validating the will of Michigan voters before the Electoral College. Shinkle has indicated that he would not vote to certify the election results until an investigation and full audit have been completed. However, an audit cannot occur until the votes are certified.

Fox News reports:

Shinkle’s wife, Mary, claimed to be among the witnesses whose accounts were cited in a Trump campaign lawsuit challenging the election results.

In an affidavit, she alleged that while working as a poll challenger in Detroit she saw election workers scanning too many ballots at once and envelopes containing mail ballots left unattended in unsealed containers.

In addition, she objected to being asked to step back from a table where election workers were duplicating damaged ballots. However, she said she could still observe the process. She also said election workers were “rude and aggressive” when challenged about their decisions.

The lawsuit has been dropped but the suspicion of wrongdoing by poll workers has not been erased.

“Michigan’s certification process should be a deliberate process free from threats and intimidation. Allegations of fraudulent behavior should be taken seriously, thoroughly investigated, and prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”

If the board votes against certifying election results the case will then move to the court of appeals then to the state Supreme Court. If the case moved to the Michigan Supreme Court, it would be expected to demand the board certify the results. If the certification can’t be determined in the courts then the case would be determined by the state legislature. However, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a longtime enemy to President Trump, can choose to replace any of the board members.


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