The vote under validation in Michigan and Pennsylvania

by James Oliphant

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Efforts by Donald Trump and his lawyers to reverse the outcome of the November 3 presidential election could be undone on Monday by important decisions in two key polling states.

Michigan could indeed validate the results of the vote during the day and Pennsylvania should quickly approach the final stage of certification.

Donald Trump, who lost these two states twenty days ago, refuses to concede defeat to Democrat Joe Biden but if Michigan and Pennsylvania certify their results, 36 voters will definitely fall into the hands of the former vice -President of Barack Obama, assuring him the majority of 306 voters out of 270, credited to him by the major American media since November 7.

The Michigan electoral office, which has two Democrats and two Republicans, is due to meet during the day to decide whether or not to certify the results.

Joe Biden beat Donald Trump by more than 150,000 votes, according to the ballot count, but Republican member of the office, Norman Shinkle, has hinted in recent interviews that he is in favor of delaying certification. , citing technical irregularities. However, these would only affect a few hundred voices.

A blockage at this stage of the certification of the results would undoubtedly involve the referral of the dispute to the federal courts of appeal, the electoral office being required by law to validate the results. If board members refuse, Mighican Democratic governor Gretchen Whitmer has the authority to replace them.

In Pennsylvania, Monday is also the deadline for counties to send their certified vote counts to Secretary of State Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat, who is then expected to certify all results within days. Biden won Pennsylvania by over 80,000 votes.

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Once the results have been validated in all states, the Electoral College will meet on December 14 to formally elect the 46th President of the United States.

(French version Jean-Stéphane Brosse, edited by Blandine Hénault)

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