Update (1645ET): After a torrent of pressure from both sides, one of the board’s two Republican canvassers, Aaron Van Langevelde, sided with Democrats to certify the vote with a 3-0 majority (the other Republican, Norm Shinkle, abstained), certifying Joe Biden as the winner of the state's election.
The Michigan board’s vote came after Republican pressure to take the extraordinary step of rejecting certified vote counts from the state’s 83 counties. The Republican National Committee had urged the board to delay certification to allow an audit of results in Wayne County, where questions were raised over clerical errors and access for observers to watch the mail-in ballot count.
Michigan's Secretary of State seems pleased:
A record breaking 5.5 million Michigan citizens cast ballots in this election, more than ever before in our state’s history.— Jocelyn Benson (@JocelynBenson) November 23, 2020
Their will is clear and unequivocal. (2/4)
As Bloomberg notes, the vote means that only a possible Republican request for a recount stands in the way of assuring that Biden will win the state's 16 electoral votes. The GOP canvassers can request an audit or petition for a recount, but it would be tough to see it overturning Biden’s 150,000-vote margin of victory.
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Update 1545ET: In a rare move, a bipartisan, bicameral legislative service agency in Pennsylvania rejected a request from the House of Representatives to conduct a statistical-level review of the 2020 general election, according to the Post-Gazette.
The Legislative Budget & Finance Committee officers voted 2-1 against performing the “risk-limiting” audit that was ordered by House Resolution 1100. That resolution, sponsored by Rep. Jesse Topper, R-Bedford County, passed the House on Thursday by a 112-90 vote, with all Republican members and three Democrats supporting it.
The legislative committee typically accepts the work that the House or Senate sends its way but there have been at least two occasions in recent history when the committee didn’t complete the assignment it was given, said Patricia Berger, the committee’s executive director. -Post-Gazette
"I really would suggest there are other ways to validate our election results," said Allegheny County Democrat Rep. Jake Wheatley. His Democratic colleague Rep. Jake Wheatley added "I’m at a loss as to what the purpose of the resolution is and why it’s even necessary if the work is going to be done” by counties and the state department."
Read the rest of the report here.
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Republicans in Pennsylvania filed an emergency request in state court on Sunday seeking to block the certification of the state's election results in favor of Joe Biden.
The deadline for counties to certify the state is later Monday, after which Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar will be able to certify the entire state, according to Bloomberg.
The filing by the Republicans comes after a federal judge tossed a lawsuit by the Trump campaign seeking to block certification of the results in PA.
Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey, who is retiring from politics in 2022, has called on Trump to accept the results of the election, which have Biden ahead by over 81,000 votes in the state.
"President Trump has exhausted all plausible legal options to challenge the result of the presidential race in Pennsylvania," said Toomey in a Saturday statement following the decision by Judge Matthew Brann to dismiss the Trump Campaign's lawsuit.
Republican Chris Christie - who coached Trump for his 'shout at Biden' performance in the first debate, has also called on Trump to concede. "If you have got the evidence of fraud, present it," Christie told ABC on Sunday. "Quite frankly, the conduct of the president's legal team has been a national embarrassment."
The Trump campaign, meanwhile, is forging ahead with appeals as they make their way to the US Supreme Court.
The late-Sunday filing with the US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit in Philadelphia was an expected development, with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani declaring in a Saturday statement: "We hope that the Third Circuit will be as gracious as Judge Brann in deciding our appeal one way or the other as expeditiously as possible," adding "This is another case that appears to be moving quickly to the United States Supreme Court."