Whitmer names new Republican to Michigan election board

Michigan

The Michigan Capitol Building on Jan. 7, 2021.

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has appointed a new Republican to Michigan’s election board, replacing one who was not re-nominated by the GOP after he voted to certify Joe Biden’s victory over President Donald Trump.

Tony Daunt, executive director of the Michigan Freedom Fund, will succeed Aaron Van Langevelde, whose term expires Jan. 31.

Under law, the Democratic governor had to choose one of three people nominated by the state Republican Party.

In November, Van Langevelde angered GOP activists when he joined two Democrats on the Board of State Canvassers to confirm Biden’s 154,000-vote win. The other Republican canvasser abstained.

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