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Republican resigns from state elections board as he seeks state House seat

By: - June 28, 2022 12:24 pm

Norm Shinkle, GOP member of the Board of State Canvassers, who abstained from certifying the 2020 election on Nov. 23, 2020 | Screenshot

A Republican member of the Michigan Board of State Canvassers (BSC) who questioned the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election former President Donald Trump lost has resigned his position, as he is seeking a seat in the state House.

Norman Shinkle of Williamston had served for 13 years as one of two Republican members on the BSC, which certifies statewide elections. He is seeking the GOP nomination for the Ingham County-based 73rd state House district. That seat is currently held by state Rep. Julie Brixie, (D-Meridian Twp.). 

While Shinkle told MLive that his experience as a canvasser gave him ideas on how to improve election integrity, he was also among Republican officials who cast doubt on the 2020 election results, which more than 250 state and local audits confirmed President Joe Biden won. Shinkle also abstained from certifying the election. In addition, his wife, Mary Shinkle, filed an affidavit in a lawsuit that unsuccessfully tried to block certification.

More recently, Norman Shinkle voted in favor of certifying the petitions of five GOP gubernatorial candidates involved in a signature fraud scandal. That was despite a report by the Bureau of Elections (BOE) that detailed an “unprecedented” number of fraudulent signatures — tens of thousands of them — that appeared across numerous petitions for office. 

Because the BSC deadlocked 2-2 on the vote, the BOE recommendation that the five GOP candidates be dropped from the primary ballot stood.

While it was not legally necessary for Shinkle to leave his seat on the BSC, he said he felt it was still appropriate to do so.

The process to fill the vacancy left by Shinkle’s departure will require the Michigan Republican Party to submit three nominations to Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. She will then decide which of those three will become the newest member.

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Jon King
Jon King

Jon King has been a journalist for more than 35 years. He is the Past President of the Michigan Associated Press Media Editors Association and has been recognized for excellence numerous times, most recently in 2021 with the Best Investigative Story by the Michigan Association of Broadcasters. He is also an adjunct faculty member at Cleary University. Jon and his family live in Howell, where he also serves on the Board of Directors for the Livingston Diversity Council.