The 2020 election drama continues to mount this week, with President Trump still refusing to concede the contest, bucking hundreds of years of tradition.
But Trump may very well be right to do so. He certainly thinks that he’s doing the right thing, and his lawyers have been busy as of late. The only issue is that they seem to be getting struck down at every turn as of late.
If Trump’s litigious attempts to secure the White House fail, he would need local officials to abstain from certifying the election results, thus allowing the electors themselves to choose who to vote for.
And it appears as though this has already begun.
🚨🚨BREAKING: This evening, the county board of canvassers in Wayne County, MI refused to certify the election results. If the state board follows suit, the Republican state legislator will select the electors. Huge win for @realDonaldTrump
— Jenna Ellis (@JennaEllisEsq) November 17, 2020
“Based on what I saw and went through in poll books in this canvass, I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books,” board chairwoman Monica Palmer, a Republican, said, the Detroit News reported.
Board Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat, called the inaction “reckless and irresponsible.”
The Detroit News added:
A county board that fails to canvass within 14 days after the election must give all of its documentation to the Secretary of State’s office and Board of State Canvassers, which then has 10 days to complete the work, canvass and certify the results, according to the board’s canvassing manual.
If the state authorities cannot certify the result, the election and the selection of electors would have to be decided by the Republican-controlled state legislature.
The move was nigh unprecedented, but, then again, bucking the norms seems very much to be a Trump thing.