The eyes of the nation were fixed on Michigan Monday as the Board of State Canvassers convened for a livestreamed meeting in which the panel took public comment and is slated to vote to certify officially that President-elect Joe Biden defeated President Donald Trump in the key battleground state.
The outcome is anything but certain, however, as the two Republicans on the four-member panel have left many believing they could move against certification.
As the Detroit Free Press reports, if the two GOP members, Norman Shinkle and Aaron Van Langevelde, vote no on certification, it “would be the first time in history” that the state’s elections board deadlocked on a president election.
Barb Byrum, the Democratic clerk of Ingham County, said during the meeting that a vote against certifying the state’s election results would amount to an “unlawful power grab” and “signal that democracy is dying in Michigan.”
At the start of Monday’s meeting, Van Langevelde signaled he is leaning toward voting in favor of certifying the election, a move that would imperil the Trump campaign’s efforts to overturn the state’s results.
“I think that the board’s duty today is very important. We have a duty to certify this election based on the returns,” Van Langevelde said. “That is very clear… But I still think that people who signed up to speak today should have the chance to speak before we act on the motion.”