They both sent an oath to the county attorney, refusing to confirm their previous vote. But as the deadline for county certification has passed, it is unclear what legal action or legal arguments the two republics can take to formally reclaim their votes and cancel the ratification.
Republican President Monica Palmer and Republican executive committee member William Hartmann initially voted in favor of the affidavit during their Tuesday night meeting, leaving the panel 2-2. After hours of public pressure and complaints that they had displaced hundreds of thousands of voters from most of Detroit, Republicans unanimously changed their voices and certificates.
Democrat Vice President Jonathan Kinloch said Thursday that the Nov. 17 approval date is the exact date and that the votes of board members cannot be changed after the fact. GOP officials sent their certificates to the county, but the action stopped there. They did not file a lawsuit to try to force the county to call a new meeting.
“No further action has been taken on the certification,” Kinloch told CNN.
On Thursday, the Trump campaign dropped a federal lawsuit in Michigan alleging irregularities in the voting process and asked the court to suspend the verification process in Wayne County, Detroit. The filing includes letters of commendation from both Republican lawmakers.
Confirmation is usually a formality, but President Donald Trump is trying to thwart or delay such a process in key states as part of a long-running effort to overthrow his election through the electoral college.
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