Lansing — Citing “security and safety issues,” the Michigan Home and Senate will shut their workplaces in downtown Lansing on Monday as presidential electors meet within the state Capitol.
On Sunday night time, Home and Senate officers despatched notifications in regards to the closures to members and employees. At 2 p.m. Monday, the state’s 16 presidential electors will convene in the Senate chamber to cast their votes for Democratic President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.
Some expect protesters in assist of Republican President Donald Trump to assemble exterior the constructing, which will probably be closed to the general public.
Amber McCann, spokeswoman for Senate Majority Chief Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, mentioned Sunday night time the Senate closed its workplaces based mostly on “suggestions from legislation enforcement.” The choice was not based mostly on anticipated protests however on “credible threats of violence,” McCann mentioned.
“On account of security and safety issues, the Senate and all Senate areas in downtown Lansing will probably be closed Monday, December 14,” the Senate notification mentioned. “The Capitol, Binsfeld Workplace Constructing, and Senate workplaces inside Boji Tower will probably be closed.”
The notification to Home staffers mentioned, “(O)nly these wanted for the Electoral School will probably be permitted within the Capitol Constructing.”
1000’s of pro-Trump protesters rallied in Washington, D.C., over the weekend because the president’s marketing campaign continues its push to discredit and overturn the outcomes of the Nov. 3 election based mostly on unproven claims of voter fraud. The demonstrations led to dozens of arrests, a number of stabbings and accidents to law enforcement officials, according to the Associated Press.
Biden received Michigan 51%-48%, or by 154,000 votes. The Board of State Canvassers licensed the outcomes on Nov. 23. However supporters of the president have filed lawsuits and known as for Republican lawmakers to intervene within the awarding of the state’s 16 presidential electors.
Michigan Democrats and electors have said Monday’s event is being done without people in the gallery of the state Senate chamber and the constructing closed as a consequence of safety causes given the political local weather and COVID-19 restrictions.
The Michigan Democratic Get together mentioned in a assertion the assembly could be live-streamed to maintain everybody protected.
“The Electoral School will probably be broadcast reside on three completely different platforms — Michigan Senate TV (stream 1), WLNS and on Gov. Whitmer’s Fb web page,” the assertion mentioned. “We invite everybody to affix us from the protection of their houses starting at 2pm on Monday, December 14 to look at this historic occasion.”
Employees Author Leonard Fleming contributed.