UPDATE: The Republicans caved to the left after voting against certifying the election! The Wayne County Board of Canvassers has just unanimously voted to certify the results of the election & called on Michigan SOS Jocelyn Benson to conduct an audit of the unexplained precincts in Wayne County that did not match.
OUR PREVIOUS REPORT:
The two Republicans, Monica Palmer, the board chairperson, and William Hartmann (photo below) both voted against certification of the November 3rd election in a 2-2 split along Party lines.
Board Vice Chair Jonathan Kinloch and Allen Wilson, both Democrats, voted in favor of certification.
According to Michigan election guidelines, the county must provide all election documentation to the Michigan Secretary of State office and state Board of Canvassers who will then have 10 days to certify the result.
Canvassers found that a number of precincts were out of balance, meaning the number of signatures of people who signed in to the polling location to vote was not the same as the number of people who actually voted.
According to local Patch, unbalanced precincts have historically been a problem in Detroit, where 72 percent of poll books in the August primary were out of balance. In the 2016 presidential election — when Donald Trump won the state and the presidency — a state audit in Detroit found a series of mismatched Detroit vote totals in the presidential election, attributing them to human error.
The Trump campaign has filed lawsuits to block the certification of election results in Michigan, but the state appeals court has repeatedly denied the campaign’s bids to stop the certification of Detroit-area votes.
A Michigan judge on Friday refused to stop the certification of Detroit-area election results, rejecting claims by Trump’s campaign that the city had committed fraud and tainted the count with its handling of absentee ballots.
Of course, Friday’s ruling marked the third time a biased Michigan judge declined to intervene in a statewide count.
Michigan Republicans have continued to fight for an independent audit of the state’s election.
Michigan Senate President Pro Tempore Aric Nesbitt spoke out about the effort to have an audit:
“We have seen a number of allegations that range from outright fraud, if true, to terrible mistakes that need to be corrected. Citizens deserve to have faith in the integrity of the election process and its outcome. It is our responsibility, as elected public servants, to assure the process’s integrity through transparency and the investigation of allegations of wrongdoing. Every legal vote must count.”
The Michigan Secretary of State released a statement: