The White House is getting closer. Joe Biden’s victory in the key state of Michigan (United States) was officially certified on Monday, November 23. A commission validated the tally of results in this state with sixteen major voters, where the Democrat has a lead of more than 155,000 votes out of 5.5 million votes cast. It is a new setback for Donald Trump who still refuses to concede his defeat in the presidential election of November 3.
One of the four members of this commission, a Republican abstained. This is “unacceptable” that he remains “so many unresolved questions”said Norman Shinkle, who echoed the accusations of impropriety made, without evidence, by the outgoing president. The certification of election results is usually a little followed routine exercise. But President Trump and his allies had been putting pressure on Republicans in Michigan in recent days in hopes of delaying the process.
The second Republican on Michigan’s certification board, Aaron van Langevelde, however, estimated on Monday that there were many “bad interpretations on the role” of this organ. “We are not a court, we cannot conduct a trial”, he stressed, considering that he was of his “duty” to certify the results. “Democracy prevailed”Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson responded on Twitter. The committee’s vote “confirms a truth: the election was fair and secure and its result reflects the will of the voters”, added the Democrat. Another key state, Pennsylvania, where Joe Biden has a lead of more than 80,000 votes, must also certify his results Monday.