Republican Michigan Rep. Paul Mitchell said he spoke a few days ago with Norman Shinkle, who was one of two Republican members on the canvassing board, and Shinkle indicated he would vote against certifying the election results until the investigation was complete Does not occur, although there is no evidence of fraud. Or such a step would be required.
It is unclear how other Republican board members Aaron Van Langwele would cast his vote. Two Michigan Republican sources sought to calm the tense situation in the state ahead of a meeting indicated to CNN on Monday, believing that certification would take place on Monday.
A division would turn the state into an unknown legal area. Republican Michigan House Speaker Lee Chatfield said Sunday that if there were a 2–2 vote, “it would go to the Michigan Supreme Court to determine what their response would be, what their order would be.”
“If they had no order that it be certified, we now have a constitutional crisis in the state of Michigan. This has never happened before,” Chatfield said during an interview on Fox News.
If the canvassing board were to vote against certifying the results, the case would go to the state court of appeals, and then to the state Supreme Court. The state Supreme Court would be expected to certify the results and the Michigan government, a Democrat Democrat Michigan government, could replace a member of the board.
The Trump campaign has tried to interfere with the certification process, and Trump has appointed Michigan officials as he and attorney Rudy Giuliani continue to claim widespread voter fraud and “rigged elections” without evidence.
The Republican National Committee and the Michigan Republican Party sent a letter to the Board of Canvassers on Saturday asking them to delay certification for 14 days. He also asked to wait for an election results audit in Wayne County, the state’s largest county that includes Detroit – though state law does not allow it.