The Wayne County Board of Governors of Canvassers initially voted 2-2 to confirm the result, with two Democrats voting in favor and two Republicans voting against it, citing concerns that the Detroit county found discrepancies during their post-election process. The vote was criticized by pro-democracy and non-public officials, who said the Detroit election went smoothly.
President Joe Biden won Michigan by more than 148,000 votes, a victory possible by a strong show in Wayne, where he garnered more than 322,000 votes over President Donald Trump.
The initial vote against the endorsement drew the attention of the president, who posted a congratulatory message praising GOP members of the canvassing commission as “courageous.” He also made false allegations of widespread voter fraud, saying state officials should “turn Michigan back to TRUMP.”
Mr. Trump has been trying for a long time to overthrow the election results through litigation and electoral colleges. Republican lawmakers in Michigan have reiterated that they will respect the nationwide vote.
When announcing their decision to confirm the results, the panel also called on Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to conduct a thorough inspection of Detroit counties that found discrepancies during their post-election inspections. In an interview with CNN’s Chris Cuomo on “Cuomo Prime Time,” Benson said she would conduct the investigation, and she praised the city council’s decision to deny it and confirm the results.
“It appears the truth has won in this situation,” she said. “Basically, the evidence is clear: there is no inconsistency, no evidence of widespread fraud and in fact there are only minor mistakes. … I think they did the right thing, they did their duty and they confirmed the election for Wayne County voters.”
Even after the initial opposition parties, experts are skeptical that the results of Wayne City will eventually be excluded from the nationwide vote count. That could put Biden’s Michigan victory in jeopardy – but CNN predicted he would get 306 votes, meaning he would still be the next president even in the unlikely event that he would not get Michigan’s 16th vote.
During a Wayne County Commission of Canvassers meeting, Vice President Jonathan Kinloch called the pre-bankruptcy resolution “irrational and irresponsible.” Kinloch is one of two Democrats on board.
“This commission, for many years, has taken pride in not allowing politics to present itself in the cause of what we do,” Kinloch said. “There is no reason under the sun for us not to confirm this election. As a result of today’s decision, hopefully change and bring about results that will not happen.”
Republican House Speaker Monica Palmer explained why she had previously voted against the bill.
“Based on what I have seen and passed into the survey book in this bag, I believe we do not have complete and accurate information in those survey books,” Palmer said.
At some point, Mr. Palmer suggested that the county commission certify the remaining results, except for Detroit, which the commission did not endorse.
“I’m going to open up to other communities outside of Detroit,” Palmer said, referring to other parts of Wayne County.
In a written statement after the initial issue, Benson said it was normal for some areas to be slightly different from their survey books. But she added: “Importantly, this is not an indication that any vote was counted incorrectly or counted.
Electoral experts and Michigan insiders reacted by surprise to the original vote.
Democrat Govchen Gitchen Whitmer said in a statement: “People say: Joe Biden won Michigan by more than 140,000 votes. “Today’s action is an attempt to condemn the intentional corruption of the electorate. The process, however, will go a step further. The work has been completed.”
The GOP-led Michigan State Legislature voted in September to pass a resolution affirming that state voters should be honest in voting for the Michigan presidential candidate, according to Michigan State Senate Secretary-General Amber McCann.
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