Two Michigan Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers have reportedly rescinded their votes after previously voting to certify the county’s election results, and before that, voting to not certify results, leading to a 2-2 deadlock.
The Republicans’ first apparent reversal came after Democrats on the board apparently threatened and bullied the two officials into certifying the state for a Joe Biden victory. In a Zoom call on Tuesday, Democrat Abraham Aiyash called their decision to deadlock the procedure “racist” and appeared to threaten the children of one of the officials by mentioning the school they went to.
“In affidavits signed on Wednesday evening, the two GOP members of the four-member Wayne County Board of Canvassers allege that they were improperly pressured into certifying the election and accused Democrats of reneging on a promise to audit votes in Detroit,” The Washington Post reported. “Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat and the board’s vice chairman, told The Post that it’s too late for the pair to reverse course, as the certified results have already been sent to the secretary of state in accordance with state rules. He lashed out at the Republicans over their requests.”
Reporter Donovan Slack from USA Today tweeted out an image of an affidavit from Republican chair of the committee, Monica Palmer, stating that based on allegations made in the affidavit that she wanted to “rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections.”
“Palmer disputed the promises she was told she received from one of her Democratic canvass board colleagues,” Mediaite reported. “She claims that, contrary to what she was told on Tuesday, Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson has not pledged to conduct an audit of the county’s votes to clear up the minor clerical errors found.
“The Wayne County election had serious flaws which deserve investigation,” she stated. “I continue to ask for information to assist Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately. Despite repeated requests, I have not received the requisite information and believed an additional 10 days of canvas by the State Board of Canvassers will help provide the information necessary.”
The controversy around Republicans wanting a comprehensive audit of the election results in Wayne County, Michigan, where they have alleged “the poll book, the official list of who voted, didn’t match the number of ballots received,” the Washington Post noted.
CBS News reporter Adam Brewster tweeted confirming the news, stating that the affidavit was signed at 9:33 p.m. local time.
Fox News producer Sean Langille posted a screenshot of an affidavit from the other canvasser, William C. Hartmann, showing that Hartmann claimed that he was chastised, ridiculed, and accused of being racist after initially voting to not certify the election results.
“Late in the evening, I was enticed to agree to certify based on the promise that a full and independent audit would take place,” Hartmann stated. “I would not have agreed to the certification but for the promise of an audit.”
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