Elections are not over
Trump tweets about election results and concludes G20 talks

Elections are not over

Certification is usually only formal. But the process has been significant this year as Trump’s press team seeks to postpone the final outcome – a strategy aimed at denying Joe Biden victory for a number of reasons. Electoral College, Which voted December 14.

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.

The entire project rotates around December 8. That is “Safe harbor” Deadlines under federal law. What this means is that when the Senate votes in January, it must accept certified voters ahead of schedule. If a state does not have a time limit, then Congress can consider the disputed issue of the electorate.

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.

According to Paul Mitchell, who spoke several days earlier with Norman Shinkle, one of the two GOP members, Shinkle indicated that he would vote against the election results until the investigation was completed to push for a delay – although there was no evidence of fraud or inaccuracies.

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.

In Wisconsin, Which was not required to confirm the results until last month, Republican members of the Electoral Commission tweeted Praise the famous conspiracy theorist Those who have spread false allegations of ballot fraud.
And in Georgia, Which has already confirmed the results, the Trump campaign called for Official lecture, Although it could not reverse his loss in the state.

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:

Monday, 11/23

  • Arizona (County Verification Deadline)
  • Michigan (State Certification Conference)
  • Pennsylvania (County Certification Deadline)
  • Tennessee (County Certification Deadline)

Tuesday, 11/24

  • North Carolina (State Certification Conference)
  • Nevada (State Certification Conference)

Wednesday, 11/25

  • Massachusetts (may be based on state elected officials)

Saturday, 11/28

  • 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.