Breaking: Election Board Members In Key Michigan County Rescind Vote Certifying Election Results

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Two Wayne County official Republican board members claim they want to rescind their votes that certify the election results in Detroit, according to the Western Journal.

Monica Palmer and fellow Republican member William Hartmann claimed they were “subjected to abuse and lied to on the night they agreed to certify the vote totals.”

“Essentially you saw two individuals on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, who have a ministerial responsibility to certify the county canvass of election results, refusing to do so on baseless claims, and that were ultimately clerical errors that occurred in nearly every election in nearly every jurisdiction,” Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson said.

“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified,” Hartmann said in an affidavit.

“Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results.”

“I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections,” Palmer wrote.

“The Wayne County election had serious process flaws which deserve investigation. I continue to ask for information to assure Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately.”

“Despite repeated requests, I have not received the requisite information and believe an additional 10 days of canvas by the State Board of canvassers will help provide the information necessary.”

“After the vote, my Democratic colleagues chided me and Mr. Hartmann for voting not to certify,” Palmer said in her affidavit.

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“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.”

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During the public comment portion of the meeting, poll challenger Ned Staebler was among those hurling accusations at Palmer and Hartmann, according to The New York Times.

“The Trump stain, the stain of racism that you, William Hartmann and Monica Palmer, have covered yourself in, is going to follow you throughout history,” Staebler said.

He said Hartmann and Palmer 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.”