Wednesday, January 20

Michigan: Biden’s victory in this key state officially certified

Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the key state of Michigan was officially certified on Monday, a further setback for Donald Trump who still refuses to concede his defeat in the November 3 presidential election.

A commission validated the tally of the results in this state endowed with 16 large voters, where Joe Biden has a lead of more than 155,000 votes out of 5.5 million votes cast.

One of the four members of this commission, a Republican abstained, echoing the accusations of irregularities made, without evidence, by the outgoing president who had won this state by a hair in 2016.

It is “unacceptable” that “so many unresolved questions remain,” said Norman Shinkle, in a meeting broadcast live online and followed by tens of thousands of people.

The certification of election results is usually a little followed routine exercise. But President Trump and his allies had been putting pressure on Republicans in Michigan in recent days in hopes of delaying the process.

Two elected officials from the local Congress were even invited to the White House on Friday.

The second Republican sitting on Michigan’s certification commission, Aaron van Langevelde, however, said Monday that there were many “misinterpretations on the role” of this body.

“We are not a court, we cannot conduct a trial,” he stressed, considering that it was his “duty” to certify the results.

“Democracy prevailed,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson responded on Twitter. The commission’s vote “confirms a truth: the election was fair and secure and its result reflects the will of the voters,” added the Democrat.

Another key state, Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden enjoys a lead of more than 80,000 votes, is also due to certify his results on Monday.

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