The Wayne County Board of Converse failed 2-2 on whether to confirm the results, with two Democrats voting to verify and two Republicans voting against, citing examples of concerns that the Detroit campus found differences in their post-election review process. That vote was immediately condemned by Democratic officials and non-partisan experts, who said the election in Detroit was clean.
President-elect Joe Biden won Michigan by more than 148,000 votes, a victory that was made possible by a strong performance in Wayne County, where he won 322,000 votes over President Donald Trump.
The initial vote against the certification caught the attention of the president, who posted a series of tweets praising the GOP members of the canvassing board for “having the courage”. He spread false claims about massive voter fraud and said state officials should “turn Michigan back toward Trump.”
Trump has long tried to manipulate election results through lawsuits and through the Electoral College. Republicans in Michigan have repeatedly said they will respect the vote, which is popular across the state.
When announcing their decision to confirm the results, the board called on Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to conduct a comprehensive audit of the premises in Detroit, which found discrepancies in the post-election review. In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo PrimeTime”, Benson said he would conduct the audit, and praised the county board’s decision to reverse itself and verify the results.
“The truth seems to have won in this scenario,” she said. “Basically, the evidence is clear: there is no manipulation, no evidence of widespread fraud and in fact there are minor clerical errors. … I think they did the right thing, they did their duty and they confirmed the election to the voters in Wayne County.”
Even after the initial party-line stalemate, experts doubted that the results from Wayne County would eventually be excluded from the statewide count. That put Biden’s Michigan victory in jeopardy – but CNN predicts he will win 306 election votes, meaning he will be the next president even if he fails to get Michigan’s 16 election votes.
At a meeting of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Vice Chair Jonathan Kinloch called the previous stalemate “reckless and irresponsible.” Kinloch was one of two Democrats on the panel.
“This board, for years, is proud not to allow us to show politics in the actions we take,” Kinloch said. “We have no reason under the sun to confirm this election. I believe that politics today has made its presence felt here, and I will never think that this board will have to live with the fact that we have allowed external, irrelevant issues. Hope to bring. “
Monica Palmer, the Republican chairwoman of the board, explained why she had previously voted against the certification.
“Based on what I saw and went through in the poll books on this canvas, I believe we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books,” Palmer said.
At one point, Palmer suggested that the board set aside Detroit and certify the remaining county results, which the board did not follow.
“I’m ready for a move to certify communities other than the city of Detroit,” Palmer said, referring to other areas in Wayne County.
In a written statement after the initial stalemate, Benson said it was common for some campuses to have minor differences with their poll books. But she added, “Importantly, this does not mean that any votes were cast or counted improperly.”
Election experts and Michigan insiders responded with shock to the actual vote.
“People talked: Joe Biden won Michigan by a margin of more than 140,000 votes,” Democrat Gretchen Whitmer of the Democratic government said in a statement. “Today’s action is an attempt to undermine the will of the electorate, but the process will continue. Under Michigan law, the Board of State of Canvassers will now complete the job and I have every hope that they will verify the results.
The GOP-led Michigan Senate voted in September, confirming state candidates must be loyal to vote for the presidential candidate, Deputy Chief of Staff Amber McCann told Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkie, as confirmed by Michigan election officials. CNN.
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