In Pennsylvania, Mr. Trump did less opportunity trying to block certification when he does in Michigan and Wisconsin where he has requested recounts in two counties. After the state’s 67 counties have confirmed their votes – the deadline is Monday – they go to see Commonwealth Secretary Kathy Boockvar, a Democrat who has sole power to certify the state’s results.
In Michigan, the president’s ability is limited, if not nonexistent. On Friday the State Bureau of Elections submitted it is formal report Recommendation that the billboard confirm Mr Biden’s victory. Errors in some of the voting tables that Mr Trump has picked up were “due to human error” and “did not affect the actual voting table,” the polling station said.
That, said Christopher Thomas, an election advisor for the city of Detroit, means that the advertising commission is required to confirm the vote. “The law doesn’t say you can or can’t choose – the law says that when you get certified returns, do what you’re supposed to,” he said.
As the vote approaches on Monday, Republican board member Shinkle finds himself in a difficult position. In contrast to previous cases, he said, “I have many more so-called conservatives who say bad things about me.” He said he had some unresolved concerns about the number of votes in Detroit, where there was a discrepancy with around 350 votes out of more than 250,000 votes cast.
His wife, Mary Shinkle, made an affidavit on Mr. Trump’s federal lawsuit to halt the certification of results in Wayne County, which the campaign halted Thursday.
Mr Shinkle said he was his own lawyer and that his main goal was to look in the mirror and be comfortable with his decisions. “I cannot allow another person to be involved in this decision,” he said. “I just have to do the best I can, based on ethical and legal principles.”
Trip Gabriel and Katie Glueck contributed to the coverage.