MICHIGAN — The Michigan Republican Party is planning to replace a Republican member of the Michigan Board of Canvassers who voted to certify Nov. 3 election results.
Aaron Van Langevelde, a policy adviser and deputy legal counsel for state House Republicans, was one of two Republican members on the four-person panel that voted to certify November election results in Michigan but his term is set to expire on Jan. 31 and, according to multiple reports, state GOP officials do not plan to nominate him for another term.
"Time will tell that those who spread misinformation and tried to overturn the election were wrong, and they should be held responsible for the chaos and confusion they have caused," Van Langevelde told The Detroit Free Press Monday.
The state board of canvassers voted 3-0 on Nov. 23 to certify Michigan's Nov. 3 election results, confirming the state's 16 electoral college votes would go to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden who defeated President Donald Trump in Michigan by more than 154,000 votes.
The other Republican member of the board, Norman Shinkle, abstained from the vote. Democratic Board chair Jeannette Bradshaw and Democrat Julie Matuzak voted in favor of certification.
More than 21,000 people tuned in to the meeting on YouTube, which was held remotely from a room inside the Michigan Capitol building with socially distanced board members due to COVID-19 health guidelines. Over 500 people signed up for public comment, board members said.
Van Langevelde told The Detroit News he was not approached about serving another term, a move that "came as no surprise."
“My conscience is clear, and I am confident that my decision is on the right side of the law and history,” Van Langevelde told The News. “Time will tell that those who spread misinformation and tried to overturn the election were wrong, and they should be held responsible for the chaos and confusion they have caused.”
A GOP spokesperson told The Detroit Free Press that Van Langevelde never requested to serve another term.
Michigan Republicans are planning on nominating three Republican candidates for the four-year term on the board, with The Detroit News reporting that those three candidates include Conservative Michigan Freedom Fund Director Tony Daunt, Michigan Rising Action Executive Director Tori Sachs and former state employee Linda Lee Tarver.
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has until Wednesday to choose one of the three candidates for the position.