In the second reversal in as many days, two Republicans on a county elections board in Michigan rescinded their votes that had certified their county’s results in the 2020 election.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairperson Monica Palmer and board member William Hartmann signed sworn affidavits on Nov. 18 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 address their concerns. After learning that no audit would occur, they rescinded their votes.
“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.”
In his affidavit, Hartmann listed a number of other concerns about the election, including an unresolved question about 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.
“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!” the president wrote.
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.