President Donald Trump is expected to appeal to Republican state legislators to alter rules that govern the appointment of electors in order to retain the presidency, according to a Thursday report from Reuters.
Trump has thus far refused to concede the election to President-elect Joe Biden, contesting the voting process in court in some battleground states. Some observers have criticized Trump’s allegations of widespread election manipulation as being presented without evidence. With many media outlets calling Biden the clear winner of the election, lawyers for Trump reportedly believe his best chance at remaining in office lies in states choosing to appoint electors who would not cast their votes for Biden.
According to Reuters, the Trump campaign’s legal team has decided to take a “more targeted approach towards getting the legislators engaged” with a focus on Michigan. Biden was the projected winner in Michigan, garnering Biden the state’s 16 electoral votes.
Electors are normally chosen by governors and the secretaries of state. Often, electors vote for the presidential candidate that won the popular vote in their state. However, Trump’s legal team reportedly wants to shift the responsibility of appointing electors to GOP lawmakers.
Trump reportedly requested to meet with Michigan Republican House Speaker Lee Chatfield and Michigan Republican Majority Leader Mik