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GOP canvassers in Michigan county block effort to certify county election results

Republicans members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted against certifying the local election results Tuesday, in a move that could delay official approval in the state, The Detroit News reports.

Why it matters: The move "is a boost for President Donald Trump, who is grasping for ways to slow down his inevitable defeat," the AP writes. It comes amid a series of losses in court for Trump and GOP allies in lawsuits that have sought to delay or block President-elect Joe Biden's victories.

  • Biden won the county by about a more than 2-1 margin, according to unofficial results cited by AP.

The state of play: The board was deadlocked 2-2 in a vote along party lines to certify the election's result, after Republican members noted that absentee ballot poll books at 70% of Detroit's 134 absentee counting boards had discrepancies with the number of actual votes counted.

  • Yes, but: The same body certified the vote in the state's primary election in August, despite a comparable number of inconsistencies, per The Detroit News.

What they're saying: Michigan'sSecretary of State Jocelyn Benson wrote in a statement that it's common for some precincts to be out of balance by a small number of votes, and that the development "is not an indication that any votes were improperly cast or tabulated."

  • Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox wrote she was proud that "enough evidence of irregularities and potential voter fraud was uncovered resulting in the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refusing to certify their election results."

Wow! Michigan just refused to certify the election results! Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 18, 2020

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