Today, Michigan convened its meeting of electors in the Senate chamber of the Michigan Capitol Building to cast all 16 electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the Electoral College. Nationwide the tally went by as predicted with 302 going to President elect Biden and 232 going to President Trump. Hawaii was to cast their 4 votes to Biden at 7pm.
Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield responded on social media citing demands received regarding overturning the results as well as threats he states he and his family and staff have received ”from both sides".
“I fought hard for President Trump. Nobody wanted him to win more than me. I think he's done an incredible job. But I love our republic, too. I can't fathom risking our norms, traditions and institutions to pass a resolution retroactively changing the electors for Trump, or sending a separate slate of electors, simply because some think there may have been enough widespread fraud to give him the win. That's unprecedented for good reason. And that’s why there’s not enough support in the House to cast a new slate of electors. I fear we'd lose our country forever.”
In total, more than 5.5 million votes were cast during the General Election -- with 2,804,040 votes (50.62 percent) for Biden/Harris compared to 2,649,852 votes (47.84 percent) for Trump/Pence. Under Michigan law, the electors are required to cast their ballots for the candidate who won the most votes during the General Election.
As stipulated by the U.S. Constitution, Michigan’s representation in the Electoral College consists of 16 electors, which is equal to the cumulative number of Michigan’s two members of the United States Senate and 14 members of the United States House of Representatives.
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