Michigan GOP to Replace Member Who Voted to Certify Election Results

The Michigan GOP made a move to replace a member of the Board of State Canvassers who voted to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the state.

Tony Daunt will replace Aaron Van Langevelde on the Michigan Board of State Canvassers The Detroit Free Press reports.  

Daunt is the executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, and political strategist for Tori Sachs. According to The Detroit Free Press, Daunt has ties to the DeVos family that organized some of the protests in the spring where marchers objected to the governor’s COVID-19 executive orders.

According to a letter obtained by The Detroit News, the party nominated Daunt and Linda Lee Tarver to replace Van Langevelde. Tarver was involved in a lawsuit seeking to overturn Biden’s win in the key battleground state.

Van Langevelde, the Republican vice chairman of the four-member board, broke with his fellow Republican board member on Nov. 23 and voted with two other Democratic board members to certify Biden’s victory.

The board voted 3-0 to certify, the other GOP member of the board Norm Shinkle, abstained.

Speaking about his decision, Van Langevelde told The Detroit News “My conscience is clear, and I am confident that my decision is on the right side of the law and history.”

“Time will tell that those who spread misinformation and tried to overturn the election were wrong, and they should be held responsible for the chaos and confusion they have caused.”

Van Langevelde’s term on the board expires at the end of this month.

About Catherine Smith

Catherine Smith is a newcomer to Washington D.C. She met and married an American journalist and moved to D.C. from the U.K. She graduated with a B.A. in Graphics, Media, and Communications and worked in design and retail in the U.K.

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