LANSING, MI — Michigan’s 16 presidential scheduled to convene in the state Capitol on Monday to formally cast their votes for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Biden earned 2.8 million votes, winning the state by a margin of 154,188 votes against President Donald Trump, certified results show. Electors representing each of Michigan’s congressional districts and two U.S. Senate seats are statutorily obligated to meet in the state Senate chambers at 2 p.m. Monday to sign certificates in support of the candidates who won the popular vote.
Despite the president’s repeated attempts to change the result of the election, state law requires electors to cast their vote for Biden and Harris. Refusal or failure to do so constitutes a resignation, and state law requires remaining electors to fill the vacancy with an alternate delegate.
Political parties each appointed a slate of electors to represent voters who supported their candidates. Michigan’s Board of State Canvassers voted 3-0-1 to certify the state’s election results on Nov. 23, and Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed off on the results to formally recognize the Democratic slate of electors for Biden and Harris.
There are 538 Electoral College votes total, and a candidate needs 270 to win the presidential election. Biden is expected to earn 306 votes in the Electoral College based on the results of the election.
Monday’s ceremony at the Michigan Capitol is expected to be a stripped-down version of the event compared to previous election years, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Lt. Gov. Garlin Gilchrist and Michigan Democratic Party Chair Lavora Barnes will be present, but electors will not bring guests and the public is not invited.
The governor’s office will livestream the event, which will largely consist of electors signing six sets of certification documents. Michigan will then send a certificate of the results to the Archivist of the United States.
Congress will meet on Jan. 6, in a joint session to review and accept the results of the Electoral College votes. Vice President Mike Pence presides over the session in his role as president of the U.S. Senate.
Trump’s term officially ends at noon on Jan. 20. Biden will be sworn in at a ceremony in Washington D.C.
Michigan’s 16 Democratic electors are as follows:
- Chris Cracchiolo, representing the 1st District
- Timothy Smith, representing the 2nd District
- Blake Mazurek, representing the 3rd District
- Bonnie J. Lauria, representing the 4th District
- Bobbie Walton, representing the 5th District
- Mark Miller, representing the 6th District
- Connor Wood, representing the 7th District
- Robin Smith, representing the 8th District
- Walter C. Herzing III, representing the 9th District
- Carolyn Holley, representing the 10th District
- Susan Nichols, representing the 11th District
- Steven Rzeppa, representing the 12th District
- Helen Moore, representing the 13th District
- Michael Kerwin, representing the 14th District
- Chuck Browning, at-large elector
- Marseille Allen, at-large elector