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posted Friday, November 20, 2020 - Volume 48 Issue 47
Shenanigans! Trump targets election officials in attempt to steal election
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Shenanigans! Trump targets election officials in attempt to steal election

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

With Joe Biden clearly the winner of the 2020 election, loser Donald Trump is resorting to desperation tactics in an attempt to cling to power.

Having filed multiple lawsuits to change the ballot counts in multiple states - almost all of them unsuccessful - the Trump team is now pressuring Republican election officials to refuse to certify results that show him losing.

For example, in Michigan Republican election board members in Wayne County - which includes Detroit, the largest concentration of votes in the state and solid Biden territory - initially refused to certify perfectly valid election results.

Had Biden not won overwhelmingly in Detroit and other urban centers, he would have lost Michigan to Trump.

Under heavy public pressure, the Republicans later caved and did certify the ballots from Detroit. However, after a subsequent phone call from Trump, they signed affidavits saying again that they "remain opposed to certification."

According to the Associated Press, some Republicans have called on the GOP's statewide canvassers to so the same.

There is no precedent for the Trump team's widespread effort to delay or undermine certification, according to University of Kentucky law professor Joshua Douglas.

"It would be the end of democracy as we know it," Douglas told the AP. "This is just not a thing that can happen."

Certifying results is normally a routine step after local election officials have tallied votes, reviewed procedures, checked to ensure votes were counted correctly, and investigated discrepancies. Typically, this certification is done by a local board of elections often made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats. Later, the results are certified at the state level.

But as Trump has refused to concede to Biden and continues to spread false claims of victory, this mundane process is taking on new significance.

In the key battleground states - all won by Biden - counties in Michigan, Nevada, and Wisconsin have all made it through the initial step of certifying results. Except for Wayne County, this process has largely been smooth.

Arizona, Pennsylvania, and Georgia still haven't concluded their local certifications.

Most counties in Arizona are pressing ahead with certification, but officials in Republican-controlled Mohave County decided to delay until November 23, citing what they said was uncertainty about the fate of election challenges across the country.

While Pennsylvania was visited by Trump lawyer and surrogate Rudy Giuliani, lawsuits in hand, Philadelphia plans to certify results on November 23.

In Pennsylvania's Luzerne County, a Republican election board member said she will not certify the county's election without an audit of at least 10% of the votes to ensure that some voters did not vote twice. There is no credible evidence of any such election fraud.

Officials in all of Georgia's 159 counties were supposed to have certified their results by last Friday. But a few have yet to certify as the state works through a hand tally of some five million votes.

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