From Republican leaders ask Michigan election board to delay certification of results, in latest GOP effort to cast doubt on the vote – The Washington Post
Michigan election audit doesnâ€™t seem to be possible until after certification. Audits arenâ€™t designed to smoke out fraud.
â€œNot sure who needs to hear this, but under state law (MCL 168.31a) audits can only be conducted after the State Canvassers certify the election,â€ Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote. â€œThis is [because] election officials do not have legal access to the documents needed to complete audits until the certification.â€
In more detail:
â€œThroughout my tenure as Michigan Secretary of State, and indeed long before, I have spoken repeatedly on the importance of post-election audits to ensure Michiganders can trust the outcome of our elections as an accurate reflection of the will of the people,â€ she said in the statement. â€œNotably, audits are neither designed to address nor performed in response to false or mythical allegations of â€˜irregularitiesâ€™ that have no basis in fact.â€
According to Michigan election law, the secretary of state â€œauthorize the release of all ballots, ballot boxes, voting machines, and equipment after 30 days following certification of an election by the board of state canvassersâ€ in the event that a recount petition has been filed or a court has issued an order â€œrestraining interferenceâ€ with these materials.
From Why Joe Biden is Going to Win – Kendallâ€™s Newsletter
Via John Gruber. Kendall Kautâ€™s 31 Oct analysis is not only sane and measured but (!!) invoked a sane and measure discussion afterwards. Restores faith in people.
Weâ€™ll start with Bidenâ€™s lead in pollingâ€”both state, national and why fewer undecideds than 2020 mattersâ€”and why you should trust the numbers. Then weâ€™ll look at how Bidenâ€™s been a much better candidate/how Trumpâ€™s failed to define Biden negatively. Finally, weâ€™ll close with how Biden hasnâ€™t faced a â€œComey Letterâ€ and the Hunter Biden news hasnâ€™t resonated.
Then weâ€™ll turn to the arguments for Trump. Weâ€™ll dispense with the â€œShy Trumpâ€ theory. And weâ€™ll discuss the Trafalgar poll, and why itâ€™s not anywhere close to what Trumpâ€™s supporters believe. Then weâ€™ll look at why the â€œWho you think will win?â€ question doesnâ€™t have much predictive power. After that weâ€™ll deal with â€œThe GOP has registered more voters in certain statesâ€ being irrelevant when Bidenâ€™s winning more Trump voters than Trumpâ€™s winning Clinton voters. Then weâ€™ll look at why Trumpâ€™s gains with non-white voters arenâ€™t enough because there are more white voters that Biden has flipped. Iâ€™ll also address why Trump canâ€™t rely on getting even more white non-college folks than last time because polling doesnâ€™t show it. Iâ€™ll also address why the â€œTrump/the Supreme Court/the GOP steals the electionâ€ doesnâ€™t work with Bidenâ€™s lead.