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"Now it's up to every leader to acknowledge that truth," Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said upon releasing the results of a final audit confirming Joe Biden's victory.

Audit shows result was right in Michigan, where Trump's crusade still fuels distrust

It's taken four months, but the most comprehensive election audit in battleground Michigan's history is over. The bottom line: The certified presidential results were almost precisely correct, so President Biden undoubtedly deserved the 16 electoral votes he got.

The announcement Tuesday was not only a coda on one of the most intense battles in former President Donald Trump's war on democracy. It also was the prelude to efforts by the state's politically divided power structure to boost faith in the system with improvements in time for 2022.

Democratic Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she would press the Republican-majority Legislature to require similarly extensive auditing of future statewide elections before the results are finalized. Last fall several lawsuits by Trump allies demanding such audits were rejected by courts.

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Maricopa County Elections Department staff count votes on Nov. 5, 2020, in Phoenix.

Arizona's lingering vote fight misses big (if nerdy) point about election integrity

Rosenfeld is the editor of Voting Booth, a project of the Independent Media Institute.

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'Democracy prevailed,' Biden declares after his Electoral College win

Something unseen the past four years happened Monday night: A legitimately elected national leader addressed the country about the strength and resilience of our democracy.

That is what Joe Biden did soon after the four electors in Hawaii cast the final ballots electing him the 46th American president. After nearly six weeks of unrelenting and unprecedented falsehood-fueled assaults by President Trump on the legitimacy of the election, which have been wholly repudiated by judges of all stripes across the country, the unmistakable takeaway from Biden will be this: The system held, the truth has been formalized, and now it is time to move on.

"If anyone didn't know it before, we know it now. What beats deep in the hearts of the American people is this: Democracy," Biden declared. "The right to be heard. To have your vote counted. To choose the leaders of this nation. To govern ourselves."

The message was designed to be heard not only to the 74 million who voted for Trump, tens of millions of whom have come to believe his baseless claims, but also to the leaders of a Republican Party — who have chosen astonishing complicity in the president's efforts over focusing on the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic upheaval.

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President Trump tweeted he will intervene in the last-minute Texas lawsuit seeking to overturn results in four battlegrounds won by Joe Biden.

Democracy regains some order in the courts but Trump vows to press on

Two extreme long-shot lawsuits are still sitting at the Supreme Court, a day after it waited just minutes before dismissing the first challenge to the presidential election it looked at.

There was not a word of dissent, from President Trump's three nominees or any of the other justices, as the court declined Tuesday evening to consider a bid by Pennsylvania Republicans to overturn Joe Biden's clear victory in the state.

Hours later came the deadline set by federal law for states to lock down their election results, and their assignments to the Electoral College, and make them almost totally immune from further challenges. While that essentially locked in Biden's election as the 46th president, it did nothing to stop Trump from continuing to falsely claim he won another term — or to prevent almost all his fellow Republicans in authority from appeasing the unprecedented effort by a president to delegitimize democracy with baseless conspiracy theories about voting fraud.

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