Michigan formally certified its Electoral College votes for Biden, another blow to Trump’s attempt to overturn the election results



a car parked in a parking lot: Motorists participate during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP


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Motorists participate during a drive-by rally to certify the presidential election results near the Capitol building in Lansing. Paul Sancya/AP

  • Michigan’s four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state’s 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
  • Democrats Jeanette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak and Republican Aaron Van Langevelde voted to certify, while Republican Norman Shinkle abstained. 
  • The board heard over three hours of testimony and public comments from current and former election officials, party officials, and members of the public before taking a vote on certification. 
  • Michigan’s statewide certification marks the president’s latest failure in overturning his electoral defeat.
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Michigan’s four-member Board of State Canvassers voted on Monday to formally certify the state’s 16 Electoral College votes for President-elect Joe Biden, marking President Donald Trump’s latest failure overturn election results in key states. 

Biden won Michigan by 156,643 votes — a margin of 2.8 percentage points — over Trump, according to Decision Desk HQ. That result far surpasses the 10,704 vote margin by which Trump carried Michigan in 2016. 

After hearing over three hours of testimony from election and campaign officials, and members of the public, three members of the board — the minimum threshold required – voted to certify the results.

Both Democratic board members, Chairwoman Jeanette Bradshaw and Julie Matuzak, as well as Republican Aaron Van Langevelde voted in favor of certification. Republican Norman Shinkle abstained.

If the board had deadlocked along partisan lines, the matter would have immediately gone to the courts, which could then have ordered the board to certify the results, CNN reported.

A number of current and former election officials, including former state elections director Chris Thomas, former Detroit elections director Daniel Baxter, and former Board of State Canvassers member Jeff Timmer, testified in support of the board certifying the election.

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Current officials who were in favor of the move included the state’s Bureau of Elections director Jonathan Brater, Detriot City Clerk Janice Winfrey, Lansing City Clerk Chris Swope, Ingraham County Clerk Barb Byrum, and Livonia City Clerk Susan Nash. 

Laura Cox, representing the state Republican Party, and former GOP Senate candidate John James’ attorney, Charles Spies, testified in opposition and asked the board to delay certification pending further review of what they described as abnormalities in reporting of votes and exclusion of Republican poll observers. 

Van Langevelde appeared skeptical of arguments from GOP lawyers that the law gives the Board of State Canvassers authority to independently request audits and further review the results of the election before certification. A candidate can only request a recount after certification. 

“We can agree to disagree, but I think the law is on my side here,” Van Langevelde told Spiers, the James’ campaign lawyer. “Our duty

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College sports pause for election day

A summer of activism, sparked by protests of racial injustice, led to a grassroots movement to give college athletes the day off from sports on election day.

The NCAA latched on to the idea and, under a mandate approved in September, organized athletics will go dark on college campuses across the country. It has not gone over without a hitch: Tuesdays are typically when that week’s game plan is first put into action, and there has been grumbling from a few football coaches.

Clemson safety Nolan Turner, who is from the suburbs of Birmingham, Ala., said Monday he had already voted by absentee ballot.

“We’re going to have our typical Tuesday practice today, and then (Tuesday) will kind of be a midweek day, get refreshed, get the body feeling good and really get dialed in on our game plan and what we’ve got to do against Notre Dame,” Turner said of the top-ranked Tigers’ trip to Indiana this weekend.

That’s the point Turner’s coach, Dabo Swinney, made last month when he said he “didn’t understand” the NCAA decision. Many players will have already voted and those that haven’t probably wouldn’t need all day to do so.

Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly said having Tuesday off meant rushing players back on Sunday for weight training, physical rehab and meetings after returning from a road game at Georgia Tech on Saturday night. No. 4 Notre Dame also worked in an additional coronavirus tests for players because of the change in schedule.

“Less than an ideal situation,” Kelly said.

Florida coach Dan Mullen said he supports making election day a federal holiday and giving everyone a day off from work and school. But last week he called the NCAA’s election day decision “disappointing.”

Clemson running back Darien Rencher and Clemson University President James Clements (left) begin the

Clemson running back Darien Rencher and Clemson University President James Clements (left) begin the “March for Change” protest at Bowman Field on June 13, 2020 in Clemson, S.C.

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Florida has held a team voter registration day, Mullen said, and he wanted to get the team together to vote as a group Tuesday.

“We’re not allowed to do the organized team activities that day now,” Mullen said.

At the height of the protests that came after the police killings of George Floyd in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in Louisville, it was common for college football players and their coaches to not just take part in campus marches and demonstrations but to lead them.

At Clemson, in particular, star quarterback Trevor Lawrence and his teammates organized an event.

Georgia Tech assistant basketball coach Eric Reveno has been credited with planting the idea of making election day an off day for college athletes back in the summer and moving it forward on social media with #AllVoteNoPlay.

Georgia Tech football coach Geoff Collins backed Reveno’s idea. Before the NCAA made it official on Sept. 16, individual schools such as UCLA and Minnesota said they would give athletes Nov. 3 off. Texas coach Tom Herman said he planned to give

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