The two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers cast an unprecedented vote Tuesday against certifying the county’s November election results for the county’s 43 jurisdictions, including Detroit, Michigan’s largest voting jurisdiction, Detroit Free Press reported.
Monica Palmer, the Republican chair of the committee said: “I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information on those poll books,” referring to jurisdictions, including Detroit, that recorded unexplained discrepancies between the number of absentee ballots recorded as cast and the number of absentee ballots counted.
Trump campaign senior legal adviser Jenna Ellis tweeted the breaking news regarding Wayne County, Michigan:
Detroit Free Press reported:
During the meeting, Palmer said she would be open to certifying the election results for some jurisdictions but not Detroit and others that recorded unexplained discrepancies. The board is comprised of four members — two Democrats and two Republicans.
Just minutes after the Republican members voted against certifying the results, the Michigan Republican Party released a statement from Laura Cox, who chairs the state party. “I am proud that, due to the efforts of the Michigan Republican Party, the Republican National Committee and the Trump Campaign, enough evidence of irregularities and potential voter fraud was uncovered resulting in the Wayne County Board of Canvassers refusing to certify their election results,” Cox said. Continued Below
Tuesday was the final day the board could certify the county’s election results. Having failed to certify the results, the board is now required to immediately deliver to the secretary of the Board of State Canvassers all election records so the state board can certify the results. Under state law, the board must certify the results within 10 days of receiving the records from the board of canvassers.
The Commander in Chief responded to the news of Wayne County in a series of tweets Tuesday, first expressing, “Wow! Michigan just refused to certify the election results! Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!”
*UPDATE* Fox News‘ Shannon Bream reported that Wayne County Board of Canvassers has now unanimously agreed to certify the results:
BREAKING TWIST: Attorney on the ground in MI tells me Wayne County Board of Canvassers has now unanimously agreed to CERTIFY the results and called on SoS to conduct an audit … He says – “Apparently a lot of threats and pressure and they caved in.” More on @FoxNewsNight
— Shannon Bream (@ShannonBream) November 18, 2020
With the certification by Wayne County, the results will now move to the State Board of Canvassers, which also has two Republicans and two Democrats as members.
Over 100 observers have filed affidavits related to the vote counting process in Detroit. Several individuals have alleged ballots being counted multiple times, ballots arriving in the dead of night, and observers being blocked from watching the tabulation process, Breitbart reported.
President Trump continued:
Jenna Ellis also reported that “40 Michigan state legislator sent [a] STRONG letter to [the] Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson demanding [an] audit and ‘every legal vote must be counted'”, attaching a screenshot of the letter.