Republican canvassers in Michigan’s Wayne County move to walk back votes to certify ballots: Report

Drama from this year’s presidential election is continuing to unfold in at least one Michigan county, where two Republican canvassers say they were pressured into certifying the outcome.

According to The Washington Times, Wayne County canvassers Monica Palmer and William Hartmann voted to sign off on election results in the county Tuesday after initially refusing to do so over alleged voter irregularities. Now, both are trying to reverse their decisions.

The two say they were subject to “threats, vehement personal attacks and other pressure” ahead of their ultimate votes to certify ballots in the county, the Times reports.

“I felt pressured”

Palmer and Hartmann submitted affidavits seeking to have their votes rescinded, but the Times indicates the filings are likely to have little effect.

“I initially voted not to certify the election, and I still believe this vote should not be certified and the State Board of Canvassers should canvass for an additional period,” Palmer said in her sworn statement Wednesday, according to the Times.

“After the vote, the public comment period began and dozens of people made personal remarks against me and Mr. Hartmann,” she added, according to Fox News. “The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family. The public comment continued for over two hours and I felt pressured to continue the meeting without a break.”

Hartmann, meanwhile, alleged in his own filing that of Detroit’s 134 Absent Voter Counting Boards, 71% “were left unbalanced and many unexplained [emphasis in original].”

“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified,” he insisted, according to Just The News. “Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results.”

“Turning it on its head”

According to The Washington Times, the GOP canvassers’ effort was swiftly shot down by Michigan’s Democrat secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, who said there’s no way for the pair to change their votes at this point.

The Democratic vice chair of Wayne County’s Board of Canvassers similarly told The Washington Post that it’s simply too late for Hartmann and Palmer to change their minds.

“Do they understand how they are making us look as a body?” Jonathan Kinloch complained. “We have such an amazing and important role in the democratic process, and they’re turning it on its head.”

Fox News reports that former Vice President Joe Biden won the state of Michigan in the presidential race by over 155,000 votes. Almost 600,000 votes for the Democrat came from Wayne County alone.

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