GOP Wayne County Board of Canvassers members trying to rescind vote certification

Republican members sign affidavits in effort to rescind ‘yes’ votes

DETROIT – Two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers are trying to rescind their vote to certify the county’s presidential election results.

Monica Palmer and William Hartmann signed affidavits in an effort to rescind their “yes” votes Wednesday evening. Hartmann and Palmer voted not to certify the election results earlier this week, before reversing course and certifying the results during a heated meeting.

UPDATE: Michigan Secretary of State says GOP canvassers can’t legally rescind Wayne County election certification vote

Fast facts:

  • The Wayne County Board of Canvassers certified the county’s election results Tuesday night despite an initial deadlock among board members.
  • Two Republican Wayne County Board members -- Monica Palmer and William Hartmann - first refused to certify the results, but then reversed their decision that same evening.
  • Palmer and Hartmann said they had concerns with what they called “independent comprehensive audits” and with out-of-balance precincts. They said there were discrepancies they were deeply concerned about.
  • The Michigan Secretary of State has been asked to conduct an audit of any Wayne County precincts with unexplained mismatching vote totals, but Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said she doesn’t believe a request for an audit is binding.
  • The Michigan Board of State Canvassers has until Nov. 23 to certify the election. If they don’t, it will go to court.

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