DONALD Trump's campaign got a late boost as Michigan Republicans tried to rescind their votes certifying ballots in the state for Joe Biden after Democrats "pressured" them.
The president this morning once again slammed Michigan's presidential election results on Twitter, writing of the state's most-populous city: "Voter Fraud in Detroit is rampant, and has been for many years!"
Michigan is one of several key states to have been called by media outlets for Joe Biden that Trump is challenging in a last-ditch effort to swing the election his way.
Republicans Monica Palmer and William Hartmann initially voted against certification on Tuesday, leaving the Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked at 2-2 along party lines.
Palmer complained that certain Detroit precincts were out of balance, meaning that absentee ballot books did not match the number of ballots cast.
However Palmer and Hartmann’s had a change of heart after "three hours of being berated by the public," said Wayne County Commission Chair Alisha Bell, a Democrat.
"They came to their senses to do the right thing," Bell said. "This was just wrong. They had to single it out against Detroit."
But on Wednesday, the pair filed affidavits to reverse their decision again, this time trying to rescind their votes that had been cast in favor of certification.
Neither of the Republicans commented after the AP left messages Wednesday seeking comment from Palmer and Hartmann.
Hartmann said after the meeting that he changed his vote because the canvassers agreed to seek an audit of Detroit’s election performance.
However, the two later said it was clear that no such audit was being planned.
"As a result of these facts, I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections," the signed affidavit read.
"I fully believe the Wayne County vote should not be certified."
The document continued: "The Wayne County election had serious flaws which deserve investigation.
"I continue to ask for information to assist Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately.
"Despite repeated requests, I have not received the requisite information and believed an additional 10 days of canvas by the State Board of Canvassers will help provide the information necessary."
However it is unlikely that this attempt will have any effect on the state's official approval of the final vote count.
County canvassing board Vice Chair Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat, said the three hours of public comments "tilled the ground" and allowed him to take Palmer and Hartmann aside to urge them to reconsider their vote.
"I don’t know if Trump spoke to them. But I absolutely felt that they intended to vote the way that they voted," Kinloch said of the initial 2-2 tie. “I know they were under a lot of pressure."
Wayne County's election results and those of Michigan's other 82 counties now go to Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, who then presents them to the state canvassing board, which is scheduled to meet November 23. That board also has four members: two Democrats and two Republicans.
"You just don’t know" what will happen, Barnes said.
Shinkle, a former state senator who has been on the state board for 12 years, said he was troubled by the way the election was handled in Detroit.
In particular, he said, the city failed to have a Republican working on the election staff in each of the 516 precincts, as required by law.
"I think that’s a serious problem," Shinkle said. "From my perspective, the law wasn’t followed. I can say we have serious problems. The question is: Do we throw out the election because of it?"
The state board is tasked with reviewing the county results and compiling the certified totals into statewide totals, according to Chris Thomas, a former Michigan elections director who served as an adviser to Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey for the general election.
"This is not just a vote to certify the presidential election. This certifies the entire state, said Thomas, who added that by not certifying the county results, the state board would "would basically nullify the entire election" in Michigan.
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