Election officials in Michigan’s largest county voted to certify election results on Tuesday night, after two Republican holdouts were threatened and bullied shortly voting against the certification, citing concerns with relation to absentee poll books in certain Detroit area precincts that did not match.
The Bipartisan Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted 4-0 to certify results after the initial 2-2 vote led to violent threats against the Republican officials.
Had the county’s certification vote failed, state canvassers would have been tasked with certifying election results. The initial result stoked outrage among Democratic officials, including Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, as well as praise from Republicans in support of Trump’s ongoing challenge of election results.
Jenna Ellis, a senior legal adviser to the Trump 2020 campaign, said on Tuesday during a tv appearance following the second vote that the two Republicans on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers involved in a brief deadlock in the county’s election certification process faced threats and allegations of racism before they agreed to certify the ballots.
Their decision to side with their Democrat colleagues was dramatic and viewed by conservatives on social media as a capitulation after a brutal, two-hour public pressure campaign.
Ellis stated that she received reports that these two board members correctly spotted discrepancies and she said the ballot counts in 71% of the county’s precincts do not match voter rolls.
“That’s significant,” she said. “That doesn’t matter if you’re a Democrat or a Republican. You should be concerned about it.”
Kayleigh McEnany, Trump’s White House press secretary, announced earlier on Twitter that there were 234 pages of sworn affidavits that raised allegations of fraud in the county.
Laura Cox, the Michigan Republican Party’s chairwoman, also said in a statement that there appeared to be “enough evidence of irregularities and potential voter fraud” that was uncovered, the Detroit Free Press reported.
Democrats took their usual approach, attempting to paint the Republican officials as racist.
Ned Staebler, the chief executive of TechTown who, according to the New York Times, is a poll challenger at the T.C.F Center in the city, said in a viral Zoom meeting, “The Trump stain, the stain of racism that you, William Hartman and Monica Palmer, have covered yourself in, is going to follow you throughout history.”
He said the two would “forever be known in southeastern Michigan as two racists who did something so unprecedented that they disenfranchised hundreds of thousands of Black voters in the city of Detroit.”
Palmer said poll books in certain precincts in Detroit — a majority-Black city — were out of balance. Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat on the panel, said the discrepancies were the result of “human error,” and wanted his Republican counterparts to look the other way, calling it “reckless and irresponsible” to not certify the results.
Ellis continued during her interview, saying, “it is absolutely mob rule at this point.”
“The president is right that these people need to have courage,” she said. She said the state should not certify anything until “we get to the bottom of this systematic and pervasive fraud.”