GOP members reverse course, vote to certify Wayne County election results

www.freep.com
8 min read
difficult
The two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers reversed course, voting for certifying the county's election results.
CLOSE The admission on Twitter was quickly followed up with a tweet doubling down that he was not actually conceding. Wochit

After what was an unprecedented 2-2 deadlock along partisan lines, with the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers voting against certifying the county's November election results, the board unanimously voted to certify the results late Tuesday night.

The board also passed a resolution calling on Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of all of the precincts in the county that recorded unexplained discrepancies between the number of ballots recorded as cast and the number of ballots counted.

All four members of the board unanimously supported the certification of the August primary election, which also saw unexplained discrepancies.

After initially voting against certifying the election results, Monica Palmer, the Republican chair of the committee, said she would be open to certifying the election results for other jurisdictions but not Detroit.

But Chris Thomas, the former director of elections for Michigan who served as a special adviser to Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, responded, "I think that's absurd. I think that would make a mockery of the situation. To open the door to selective canvassing would be a huge disservice to the election process."

Public commenters who spoke during the meeting accused the board's Republican members of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters — particularly African-American voters — in initially refusing to certify the election.

Jonathan Kinloch, the Democratic vice chair of the board accused the Republican members of playing politics rather than fulfilling their legal obligation to certify the results. "I believe politics made its presence today," Kinloch said. "This is reckless and irresponsible action by this board," he added. Democratic board member Allen Wilson agreed. "I'm actually appalled to be…
Clara Hendrickson
Read full article