Michigan Republican Election Officials Refuse to Certify Biden Win in Wayne County

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The Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked along party lines to refuse to certify the county’s ballot count, with the two Republicans voted against the two Democrats to approve President-elect Joe Biden’s overwhelming victory.

According to Detroit Free Press reporter Niraj Warikoo, the board voted 2 – 2 on Tuesday, denying the smooth vote certification of the most populous county in Michigan, which encompasses the city of Detroit, as well as its western and southern suburbs.

According to Wayne County’s election clerk with 100% of precincts reported, Biden trounced Trump by more then 320,000 votes, or 68% to 31%. In addition, Biden won the state of Michigan by nearly 150,000 votes, or 51% to 48%.

One Democrat on the county canvassing board lashed out at the Republicans’ tactic as partisan monkey-wrenching.

“I smell politics at the core of this action,” Jonathan Kinloch said. “I smell the games.”

If the county fails to certify its own results, state law mandates that the state’s Board of Canvassers would step in and handle validating the count. That four-person board is also evenly split along party lines and would meet next Monday to address the unresolved issue.

But Michigan’s Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson put out a statement shortly after the news of the county’s stalemate, subtly pouring cold water on the idea that Republican obstruction over the vote certification would get beyond the state board. She offered the state’s Bureau of Elections to assist settling any minor voting discrepancies and emphasized that the county’s failure to certify “is not an indication that any votes were improperly cast or counted.”


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