Whereas Democrats (in all probability) received’t be as unhealthy off within the 2021 spherical of redistricting as they have been within the 2011 spherical of redistricting, that bar is so low that it will get the bends if somebody tried to lift it to sea degree.
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However we’ve talked about that already.
And now we have to discuss … one thing else we’ve already talked about.
Particularly, the Trump marketing campaign’s plot to make use of GOP-controlled state legislatures to subvert precise, respectable election outcomes and disenfranchise a whole bunch of 1000’s of voters.
Even if it violates due course of on a number of ranges and is each unconstitutional and unlawful eight methods to Sunday, Trump marketing campaign officers overtly admitted a couple of months in the past that they have been exploring avenues to have the GOP-controlled legislatures in states like Arizona, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin contrive an excuse to someway ignore a possible Biden fashionable vote victory and as an alternative have Republican state legislators seat Trump electors to forged Electoral School ballots in December.
Floor zero for the scheme seemed to be Pennsylvania, however GOP legislative management seems to not have an urge for food for that degree of shenanigans. Somewhat, they’re going to make use of the gerrymandered majorities they held on to in each the state Home and Senate to assault election officers and search for methods to make voting harder in future elections for constituencies that are likely to assist Democrats.
On Monday, Nov. 23, Pennsylvania will certify the elections outcomes, making Biden’s victory within the state official.
Now eyes flip to Michigan the place … properly, some really particular issues are occurring.
Like Pennsylvania, the Wolverine State is slated to certify its election outcomes on Monday, Nov. 23.
However drama has already plagued the antecedent county-level certification course of there, and drama continues because the certification date approaches.
Wayne County—which incorporates the overwhelmingly Black-majority metropolis of Detroit and the biggest county in Michigan—met on Tuesday night time to certify its election outcomes.
Even if it tends to vote overwhelmingly for Democrats, its elections board—like all such boards within the state—is bipartisan: two Democrats, two Republicans.
By the by, Biden decisively received Michigan (by over 140,000 votes). But when Wayne County’s votes have been for some bizarre motive not counted within the state’s tally, Trump would have received.
Initially, the 2 Republicans (who’re white) on the Wayne County board stated they wouldn’t vote to certify the election outcomes, claiming unspecified (and apparently nonexistent) “irregularities” made them doubt the vote tally.
… except voting whereas Black is taken into account an “irregularity” by Republicans. Which, properly …
Each Trump and the state Republican Get together chair overtly praised this blatant try to steal the election.
The transfer rapidly caught metaphorical fireplace nationally, and the assembly dragged on for hours and the Republicans scrambled for a strategy to cowl their asses on this vote.
In the long run, they voted to certify the outcomes after reaching a “compromise” that concerned requesting that the secretary of state audit the outcomes.
Whew! Disaster averted!
… not so rattling quick.
As of this writing, Trump is flying the Republican leaders of each legislative chambers to D.C. on Friday for a gathering on the White Home.
Gee, no matter may they’ve to speak about?
Michigan Home Speaker Lee Chatfield and Senate Majority Chief Mike Shirkey haven’t but commented on the agenda for this assembly—however we will hazard a reasonably dang well-educated guess.
You see, Michigan’s legislature remains to be technically in session.
Which signifies that, theoretically, the GOP-controlled chambers may meet and determine to seat Trump electors as an alternative of Biden electors for … causes!
And sure, as everyone knows, that is all extraordinarily unconstitutional and unlawful and all that.
However we additionally know that Trump’s assaults on this election don’t have anything to do with any type of foundation in legislation or truth.
Each Chatfield and Shirkey are lately on report with assurances that they won’t award electors to anybody apart from the candidate who received the state’s fashionable vote—clearly Joe Biden.
Nonetheless, each of those Republicans already launched a legislative investigation into election outcomes, citing as-yet-unsubstantiated “allegations relating to the integrity” of the Nov. 3 contest.
And even supposing all 83 Michigan counties have licensed their election outcomes, the state board—which, bear in mind, has two Democrats and two Republicans—vote to certify on Monday, which is often a formality, is at the moment very a lot unsure.
Neither Republican has dedicated to voting to certify the election outcomes. One has said publicly that he’s “leaning towards asking that the certification be delayed.”
A delayed certification provides the GOP-controlled legislature extra time to tug elector shenanigans.
Once more, unlawful and unconstitutional shenanigans, however Michigan Republicans seem poised to sow much more doubt and chaos into this election.
A number of members of Trump’s authorized staff have gone on record this week about their intention to have election outcomes “overturned and the legislatures … make it possible for the electors are chosen for Trump.”
And even when Monday comes and goes with an uneventful election board assembly that accurately certifies Biden as Michigan’s winner, there’s nonetheless Wisconsin, which received’t certify its election outcomes till Dec. 1.
No, this pathetic, determined try by the Trump marketing campaign to undermine—and doubtlessly even steal—this election could be very a lot not accomplished.
And naturally it received’t succeed.
However the harm it’s inflicting is actual and can persist for cycles to return.
Particularly in contests the place the outcomes—not like on this presidential election—are literally shut.
Like, say, many state legislative elections.
It’s unhealthy sufficient that Republican lawmakers are going to make use of bogus “investigations” into these election outcomes to offer them and excuse to train each darkish fantasy they’ve ever entertained about making voting harder and diminishing the influence of individuals of shade, college students, voters in city areas, and some other group the GOP regards as hostile to its pursuits.
However Republicans are sowing lasting doubts amongst their base about each single shut election they lose within the cycles to return.
And because it’s not terribly unusual for state legislative elections to be determined by 500 votes or fewer, that would find yourself being rather a lot.
Effectively, that’s an entire lot of doom and gloom.
However, as I discussed up prime, that is the final version of this missive earlier than Thanksgiving.
And whereas there’s positively lots to be anxious about and frightened of proper now, we will’t afford to neglect to be glad about the great issues in our lives.
Me? I’m grateful for you.
You learn this.
Regardless of the power that requires in a time once we’re all feeling somewhat out of steam, you care.