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In a stunning late-night development, on Wednesday two Republican election officials in Michigan’s largest county rescinded their votes to certify the county’s pro-Biden election results and claimed in separate affidavits that they’d initially been “enticed” and “pressured” into certifying.
“I was enticed to agree to certify based on the promise that a full and independent audit would take place. I would not have agreed to the certification but for the promise of an audit,” Wayne County Board of Canvassers member William C. Hartmann wrote in his affidavit.
View his affidavit below:
“After the vote, my Democrat colleagues chided me and Mr. Hartmann for voting to not certify. After the vote, 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,” fellow board member Monica Palmer wrote in her affidavit.
She added that, like Hartmann, she’d eventually agreed to certify the election results after she was promised a full audit of the election.
View her affidavit below:
The two submitted their affidavits after “they learned that state officials had reneged or would not honor the audit, leaving them no recourse but to oppose certification until more investigation could be performed,” according to investigative reporter John Solomon’s Just The News.
“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’s affidavit concludes.
“I initially voted not to certify the election, and I still believe this vote should not be certified and the State Board of Canvassers should canvass for an additional period. Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results,” Palmer’s affidavit likewise concludes.
Phill Kline of the Thomas More Society, a conservative public interest law firm, subsequently praised their decision to speak out.
“I’m pleased Mr. Hartmann and Ms. Palmer reiterated their opposition to the certification of the Wayne County results despite bullying and threats and in the face of broken promises by Michigan’s Secretary of State. Mr. Hartman is properly demanding answers from Wayne County election officials,” he told Just The News.
It’s unclear though whether Hartmann and Palmer’s last-minute reversal will engender anything substantive.
In a statement to freelance journalist Kayla Ruble, Wayne County Board of Canvassers chair Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat, asserted that his Republican peers’ certification votes couldn’t actually be reversed because the “deadline” had already passed.
As if it couldn’t get any wilder at the Wayne County board of canvassers:The republican members are now seeking to rescind certification, despite the fact that the motion officially passed, certification papers were signed, & records were sent to secretary of state this AM
— Kayla Ruble (@RubleKB) November 19, 2020
While, Palmer and Hartmann have signed affidavits seeking to revoke their certification, Vice Chair Kinloch assures me the deal is already done. Lawsuits withstanding, as election lawyers have explained to me, the deadline is also a hard stop, and the deadline was yesterday.
— Kayla Ruble (@RubleKB) November 19, 2020
The Detroit Free Press seems to have confirmed this.
“Tuesday was the final day the board could certify the county’s election results. The unanimous vote to certify the results comes just in time for the board to meet the state’s deadline,” the Michigan outlet reported Wednesday.
Dovetailing back to Ruble’s report, note what she wrote about “lawsuits [not]withstanding.” In other words, the certification could still theoretically be rescinded via a successful lawsuit.
But short of a successful lawsuit, Wayne County’s certification essentially means Democrat presidential nominee Joe Biden won Michigan, a fact that makes it that much more difficult for President Donald Trump to eke out a victory in the race.
Hartmann and Palmer initially voted against certifying the county’s election results because of a large number of unexplained discrepancies.
Speaking on Fox News’ “Fox News @ Night” late Tuesday, Trump 2020 campaign senior adviser Jenna Ellis said that ballot counts in 71 percent of the county’s precinct didn’t match voter rolls.
She also pointed to 234 pages of sworn sworn affidavits and a letter from 40 state lawmakers in the state detailing “a dozen allegations of systematic [statewide] irregularities, outright fraud, voter intimidation.”
In her affidavit, Palmer herself spoke of some of the “flaws” she’s encountered.
“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,” she wrote.
“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.”
Her and Hartmann’s attempts to demand more investigation have provoked a whirlwind of unrepentant hate from the institutional left.
To hear Democrats and their media allies tell it, the pair’s desire for more time to investigate and audit the election results is motivated solely by racism.
Wayne County is home to Detroit, and since Detroit is comprised primarily of blacks, Palmer and Hartmann must not want black votes to be counted, or so the dubious argument goes …
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