The two Republicans on Michigan’s Wayne County Board of Canvassers that said in signed affidavits on Wednesday that they were bullied into siding with Democrats, have now rescinded their votes to certify.
On Tuesday, Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann were involved in a brief deadlock in Wayne County’s election certification process before initially voting to certify.
Both GOP members said they were called racists and threatened for raising concerns about ballots that the Democrats said were from predominately Black communities, Jenna Ellis told Fox News Tuesday.
Mr. Hartmann said in the affidavit that he saw about 71% of Detroit’s 134 Absent Voter Counting Boards ” left unbalanced and many unexplained.”
He said he raised concerns and said if the votes did not match, there should have been some kind of explanation. Palmer said she spotted the same discrepancy.
“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified. Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results,” Hartmann said in his affidavit, JustTheNews reports.
Palmer said that she faced “accusations of racism” and threats to her family, according to her affidavit
“After the vote, my Democratic colleagues chided me and Mr. Hartmann for voting not to certify,” she said, according to the affidavit obtained by Fox News. “After the vote, the public comment period began and dozens of people made personal remarks against me and Mr. Hartmann. 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.”
Monica Palmer and William C. Hartmann said state officials indicated they would not honor an earlier compromise to audit the ballots, which contributed to their decision to rescind. It was unclear if their decision to rescind could change their earlier vote to certify.
Wayne County, which includes Detroit, is Michigan’s most populous county, with more than 1.7 million residents.
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