The idea is that without a certificate, then Republican legislatures in two major states – one in Michigan and Pennsylvania — could nominate Trump’s presidential candidate, even if Biden gets the most popular votes in those states.
So Trump’s overthrow is unlikely if the major states confirm their results earlier – but the election will continue if Trump’s team can push for confirmation through a special date.
A number of major states are set to confirm their results this week. The first two people to watch were Pennsylvania and Michigan:
In Pennsylvania, No Canvassers State Board to certify state results. Instead, it was done only at the county level. Of the 67 counties in the state, all constituencies – except Philadelphia – are expected to meet on Monday to confirm their election results.
Philadelphia is expected to meet Monday or Tuesday, according to pending lawsuits in state courts seeking to delay ratification.
Once the county has confirmed the results, the information will be sent to Foreign Minister Kathy Boockvar, who will then award 20 state votes to the winner.
In Michigan, The Canvassers State Commission is scheduled to meet Monday to confirm the results of the state election, but it is very concerned about what their two GOP members will do.
Shinkle told the New York Times that he had received hundreds of messages, both positive and negative. “You can not make your decision before you get all the facts,” he told the Times.
There are theaters elsewhere as well.
Bottom line: All of this unrest created by the Trump team may not go anywhere. But it has turned the normal process of states confirming their results into a play that, in turn, casts doubt on the legitimacy of the election – and ultimately gives Trump an unexpected opening to the theater of power preservation. It’s unlikely, but Trump has surprised everyone before.
These are the latest states to cast their ballots this week, according to CNN:
- Arizona (County Verification Deadline)
- Michigan (State Certification Conference)
- Pennsylvania (County Certification Deadline)
- Tennessee (County Certification Deadline)
- North Carolina (State Certification Conference)
- Nevada (State Certification Conference)
- Massachusetts (may be based on state elected officials)
- Ohio (State Certification Conference)
Arizona and Wisconsin, the other two states that are slower to predict, are due to confirm the week after Thanksgiving.
CNN’s Marshall Cohen and Kelly Mena contributed to this report.