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Republican challengers file appeal in attempt to stop election certification

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Katie Raymond

With a critical Tuesday deadline looming, Republican challengers unhappy with Election Day vote counting are looking to the Michigan Court of Appeals.

In an emergency appeal filed Monday, Republican poll challengers asked the court to stop the certification of the votes in Wayne County.

They want the appeals court to reverse a lower court decision, and stop the certification of election results from Detroit and Wayne County. Since Wayne has the most voters, that would essentially slow or stop certifying the statewide results as well.

Unofficial results show Democratic nominee Joe Biden got 146,000 more votes than President Donald Trump in the state of Michigan.

There’s no word on if or when the state Court of Appeals might make a decision. At the same time, these GOP challengers withdrew a separate case that was filed in a federal court.

That said, supporters of President Donald Trump and the Trump campaign itself have failed so far in all their legal challenges to the process or the results of Michigan’s November 3rd elections. A Wayne County judge called the plaintiffs’ claims “not credible” and said it is not likely to change the results of the election.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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