Wayne County, Michigan, home to Detroit, has been on the national electoral radar for several days now, thanks to an unfolding bit of drama over the certification of the results.
It was only earlier this week that rumors began to swirl that the electors may choose to not certify the results of the county’s election, which would greatly behoove Donald Trump’s hopes of remaining in the White House seeing as Detroit votes overwhelming Democratic.
Then, within hours, that had changed, with electors saying that they were “bullied” by Democrats.
Now they’ve rescinded their vote to certify the election, adding another twist to the tale.
In an extraordinary turnabout that foreshadows possible legal action, the two GOP members of Wayne County’s election board signed affidavits Wednesday night alleging they were bullied and misled into approving election results in Michigan’s largest metropolis and do not believe the votes should be certified until serious irregularities in Detroit votes are resolved.
The statements by Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer and fellow GOP member William C. Hartmann rescinding their votes from a day earlier threw into question anew whether Michigan’s presidential vote currently favoring Democrat Joe Biden will be certified. They also signaled a possible legal confrontation ahead.
“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified,” Hartmann said in his affidavits. “Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results.”
This drama will almost certainly be headed for legal adjudication in the coming weeks, as President Trump’s team of lawyers, headed by the eccentric Rudy Giuliani, continues to seek avenues for the President to remain in the White House.