Two Republican members of Wayne County’s election board, on Nov. 18, signed affidavits alleging they were intimidated and misled into approving election results and wanted to rescind their votes.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer and fellow GOP member William C. Hartmann initially blocked certifying election results in Michigan’s largest county due to serious irregularities in the voting process but reversed course later to vote with Democrats.
“I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections,” Palmer wrote in her affidavit. “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.”
As The BL reported on Tuesday, both GOP board members were threatened and accused of being “racist” by Democrats. In their affidavits, they said they felt misled and pressured to change their decisions the night earlier.
“The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family,” Palmer wrote.
New from Michigan: Now Wayne County Republicans want to “rescind” their votes to certify election results… pic.twitter.com/2tgT70JuHo
— Donovan Slack (@DonovanSlack) November 19, 2020
“I, and Monica Palmer, who also voted against certification, were berated and ridiculed by members of the public and other Board members. This conduct included specious claims that I was racially motivated in my decision,” Hartmann said in his affidavit.
More and more evidence of Democrats threatening the two GOP board members and their families emerged on social media on Wednesday. One of them was retweeted by President Trump.
WATCH as Democrat State Rep-Elect Abraham Aiyash threatens the children of Wayne County Board of Canvassers member Monica Palmer.
“I want you to think about what this means for your kids, who probably go to [redacted]”…
— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) November 18, 2020
President Donald Trump’s re-election campaign has gathered evidence of irregularities and voter fraud in Michigan and filed a federal lawsuit demanding that the state not certify election results until ballots are confirmed legal.
“The suit relies on affidavits from witnesses who say they saw election officials counting ineligible ballots, counting batches of the same ballots multiple times, counting illegal late ballots and pre-dating them, accepting ballots deposited in drop boxes after the deadline, and duplicating ballots illegally,” the campaign said in a statement. “It also documents how defendant Wayne County used faulty ballot tabulators that miscounted votes for President Trump as votes for the Biden-Harris ticket.”
It was not immediately clear whether both GOP board members would be able to rescind their votes and change the Tuesday night compromise.