Two Republican canvassers in Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers moved to rescind their votes to certify election results through signed affidavits claiming that they were “bullied” into siding with Democrats.
Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann — were earlier caught in a brief deadlock in the county’s certification process on Tuesday amid reported discrepancies between ballots and voter rolls.
The two Republicans eventually agreed to change their original vote.
They said Michigan authorities promised a “comprehensive audit” of the election results, but it didn’t happen and they were forced into changing their votes following public furor and threats directed at them.
Palmer and Hartmann were reportedly called “racists” and subjected to threats for questioning ballots that came from predominantly-black communities.
“I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections,” Palmer said in a signed affidavit Wednesday night. “I fully believe the Wayne County vote should not be certified.”
Palmer said in her affidavit that “more than 70% of Detroit’s 134 Absent Voter Counting Boards (AVCB) did not balance” prompting her to vote against certifying the election results.
False promise of thorough audit
“After the vote, public comment period began and dozens of people made personal remarks against me and Mr. Hartmann. The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and my family,” he added, further claiming that she was told that voting to certify “would result in a full, independent audit of Detroit’s unbalanced precincts.”
Meanwhile, Hartmann in his signed affidavit claimed that he decided to flip flop on his original vote not to certify the results being “berated.”
“I would not have agreed to the certification but for the promise of an audit,” Hartmann said.
He claimed that he was told the discrepancies were not enough to stop the certification and that similarly, he was promised a thorough audit of the results — only to find out later on that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson had no intention of doing so.
Both Republicans also argued that they were told that their vote to certify the results were purely “ministerial.”
Democrats earlier launched personal attacks against Palmer and Hartmann for the deadlock in certification, calling them names, invoking their children and their “descendants,” mocking them and ultimately saying things like “we are gonna come for you all heads.”
Voter fraud in Detroit?
Wayne County is Michigan’s most populous county with more than 1.7 million residents and the area includes the capital, Detroit.
The campaign of President Trump moved to withdraw its earlier lawsuit in the state which was meant to stop Michigan from certifying the election results.
“This morning we are withdrawing our lawsuit in Michigan as a direct result of achieving the relief we sought: to stop the election in Wayne County from being prematurely certified before residents can be assured that every legal vote has been counted and every illegal vote has not been counted,” Rudy Giuliani told Fox News on Thursday.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump tweeted how election fraud is rampant in the state’s capital.
“Voter Fraud in Detroit is rampant, and has been for many years!,” he said.
Voter Fraud in Detroit is rampant, and has been for many years!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 19, 2020
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