In yet another shocking reversal, the two Republicans who voted to certify Michigan’s 2020 election results, are now looking to rescind their votes.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairperson Monica Palmer and board member William Hartmann both signed sworn affidavits on Wednesday testifying that they voted to certify the election results the day before only because they were promised that a full audit of the election would take place to look into things which seriously concerned them.
Once they learned that they had been lied to, and no audit would occur, the two rescinded their votes.
“Vice-Chairman Jonathan Kinloch gave me assurances that voting for the certification of the November election would result in a full, independent audit of Detroit’s unbalanced precincts,” Palmer wrote, according to an affidavit obtained by Just The News. “I relied on that assurance and voted to certify the election based on that assurance.”
“Later that evening, I was sent statements that Secretary Jocelyn Benson made saying that she did not view our audit resolution to be binding,” Palmer continued. “As a result of these facts, I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections.”
Prior to the vote on Tuesday, Hartmann determined that 71 percent of Wayne County’s Absent Voter County Boards were not balanced without any explanation.
After initially voting against certifying the results and deadlocking on the board’s certification, he and Palmer changed their votes on the premise that these votes would be audited.
“I was enticed to agree to certify based on a promise that a full independent would take place,” Hartmann wrote in an affidavit obtained by Just The News. “Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of Wayne County results.”
In his affidavit, Hartmann also listed a number of other concerns about the election, including unanswered questions about a pipeline of private money being used to pay poll workers.
“I am also concerned about the use of private monies directing local officials regarding the management of the elections, how those funds were used, and whether such funds were used to pay election workers. I have not received answers to these questions, and I believe the people of Michigan deserve these answers,” he wrote.
Both Hartmann and Palmer say they were berated and accused of racism after they voted against certifying the results. Palmer said that the abuse went so far as to have “threatened me and members of my family.”
One attack even came from newly elected Michigan Democrat, Abraham Aiyash, who dropped the name of her children’s school in an attempt to intimidate her.
“You, Ms. Monica Palmer from Grosse Pointe Woods, which has a history of racism, are deciding to enable and continue to perpetuate the racist history of this country and I want you to think about what that means for your kids,” he said, name-dropping the name of their school and talking about the impact her decision would have on their black classmates.
He continued his attack, saying, “You are standing here today, telling folks that black Detroit should not have their votes counted, you are certainly showing that you are a racist. You may say that you are not. You may claim that you are not. But let’s be very clear, your words today, and your actions today made it clear that you are okay with silencing the votes of an 80% African-American city.”
Trump had weighed in on the situation in Wayne County just after the initial vote, calling the two GOP canvassers courageous. “Wow! Michigan just refused to certify the election results! Having courage is a beautiful thing. The USA stands proud!” he said.
President Donald Trump tweeted about the matter again on Wednesday, writing, “Then they were threatened, screamed at, and viciously harassed, and were FORCED to change their vote, but then REFUSED, as American patriots, to sign the documents. 71% MESS. Don’t Harass!”