The drama in Detroit continues this week, after an already wild ride that began just days ago.
Earlier in the week, for a brief few hours, it looked as if Wayne County, Michigan was set to defy the electoral norms. Local officials indicated that they were indeed pondering the possibility of not certifying the results of that county’s election, and, seeing as the city of Detroit was a major Democratic stronghold in the state, that move could swing the entire state back into play for President Trump.
Then, within the day, that news had reversed.
On Thursday it appeared that this reversal was itself on the verge of being reversed again.
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.”
The officials also stated that they had been “bullied” by Democrats to certify the election’s results, fueling the conspiratorial fires that were already burning online.