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The Wayne County Board of Canvassers in Michigan unanimously voted to certify the county’s November election results late Tuesday night after an earlier unprecedented 2-2 deadlock along partisan lines.
The board also passed a resolution calling on Michigan’s secretary of state to conduct an independent comprehensive audit of all of the jurisdictions in Wayne County that recorded unexplained discrepancies between the number of absentee ballots recorded as cast and the number of absentee ballots counted.
All four members of the board unanimously supported the certification of the August primary election, which also saw unexplained discrepancies.
Earlier Tuesday, the two Republican members of the board voted against certifying the results.
After initially voting against certifying the election results, Monica Palmer, the Republican chair of the committee, said she would be open to certifying the election results for some jurisdictions but not Detroit and others that recorded unexplained discrepancies.
But Chris Thomas, the former director of elections for Michigan who served as a special adviser to Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, responded, “I think that’s absurd. I think that would make a mockery of the situation. To open the door to selective canvassing would be a huge disservice to the election process.”
Public commenters who spoke during the meeting accused the board’s Republican members of disenfranchising hundreds of thousands of voters – particularly African American voters – in initially refusing to certify the election.
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 Michigan’s deadline.
– Detroit Free Press
Rep. Ed Perlmutter, D-CO, announced on Tuesday evening that he tested positive for the coronavirus.
“As of now, I am asymptomatic and I’m feeling good,” Perlmutter said in a written statement. “I am currently in Washington, D.C. and plan to isolate in my apartment while continuing to work and voting remotely.”
Perlmutter’s infection makes him the 24th member of the U.S. House of Representatives to test positive…
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