DETROIT – With deadlines fast approaching, Michigan state Republicans and President Donald Trump’s campaign are hoping to change the outcome of the election in a few ways.
First is a recount. According to Michigan state law, a recount has to be triggered when a candidate wins by less than 2,000 votes, which doesn’t apply to this year.
It can also be petitioned by a campaign as long as they have a reasonable chance to win. But that’s unlikely given former vice president and President-elect Joe Biden’s lead in votes. Not to mention the fact that it’s expensive. The Trump campaign would have to pay for the recount by precinct.
Next is the effort to halt the count based on claims that a Republican poll watcher was removed from a counting room and that a poll worker was instructed to change the date on ballots that may have arrived after election day.
A court of claims judge denied both accusations as hearsay or moot. While the campaign has appealed, that same judge said Monday the campaign was missing key documents and has 21 days to turn them in or the appeal is dismissed.
State Republicans are also calling for supporters to make claims about irregularities to a hotline set up by the party, hoping to bring those to court, too.
Finally there’s claim the state legislature could refuse to certify the election and instead replace electoral college electors with ones favorable to the president whose campaign reportedly had been trying to get friendly state leaders to do just that.
But a statement from a spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey noted state law doesn’t allow it in writing.