During the meeting of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Vice Chair Jonathan Kinloch called the deadlock "reckless and irresponsible". Put that on your ballot and cast that as a vote. President-elect Joe Biden has a almost 150,000-vote lead in MI, and Republicans have filed multiple lawsuits in the state in an attempt to keep him from being the certified victor.
Wayne County in particular, which leans heavily Democratic and is home to Detroit, has been the center of a flurry of Republican lawsuits across MI seeking to discredit election results that named President-elect Joe Biden victor of MI by more than 140,000 votes.
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If the deal goes to plan, they will have fully withdrawn by next spring. "I can't blame anybody", she added. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations.
The certification hiccup is the latest wrinkle in an election that President Trump and his allies are challenging in federal court in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
It was made clear by the comments during the meeting by Palmer and Hartmann, that they have no true understanding of the task they have been charged with and zero understanding of MI statutes governing recounts.
Board members Allen Wilson and Johnathan Kinloch, both Democrats, said their colleagues' decisions were politically motivated. He carried Wayne County, a Democratic stronghold, winning over 68 percent of the total votes.
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"(Imbalanced precincts) is a normal occurrence, this happens every election cycle and doesn't prove there was deliberate misconduct during the election", Wilson said.
It isn't the first time out-of-balance precincts have raised concerns in Detroit, as MI election law doesn't allow recounts of precincts where poll books don't match the number of ballots cast.
Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Timothy Kenny's issued the original opinion to dismiss the lawsuit last week. Of those, 128 of the precincts were located in Wayne County. In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo on "Cuomo Prime Time", Benson said she would conduct that audit, and she praised the decision by the county board to reverse itself and certify the results. The county board must turn over all documentation to the Secretary of State's office and Board of State Canvassers, which then has 10 days to complete the work and certify the results.
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Monica Palmer, a Republican of Grosse Pointe, suggested certifying the remainder of the county without the city, which would effectively disenfranchise hundreds of thousands of voters who cast ballots for Joe Biden.