Two Michigan Republicans who earlier in the week reversed course and voted in favor of certifying the election results in one of the state’s most populous county on Tuesday are now saying they were pressured into it and now want to rescind their votes.
William Hartmann and Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer have filed affidavits Wednesday evening stating they were pressured into voting in favor of certification and were promised by Democrats that an audit of results coming out of Detroit would be sought in exchange for their cooperation.
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Palmer and Hartmann said in their affidavits, published with a report on the website JustTheNews, that they thought they had a firm commitment to the audit. However, Palmer said in her document that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson, a Democrat, said later she did not view their resolution that asked for an audit as binding.
“I felt misled,” Palmer told the Post Wednesday before signing the affidavit. “I stand firm in not certifying Wayne County without the audit.”
Jonathan Kinloch, the board’s vice chairman and a Democrat, told the Post that it is too late for Palmer and Hartmann to rescind their votes because the certified results have already been sent to Benson, in compliance with state election rules.
Kinloch went on the attack against the pair of Republicans for their requests.
“Do they understand how they are making us look as a body?” Kinloch commented. “We have such an amazing and important role in the democratic process, and they’re turning it on its head.”
Apparently, Kinloch and the two GOP board members had come to some sort of agreement concerning an audit of the results in Detroit after both Palmer and Hartmann noticed that the official list of people who voted didn’t line up with the number of ballots they had received.
Kinloch said that the Republicans knew what they had agreed to and that the board has not made a formal request to Benson for the audit. He then went on to accuse the two of caving in to pressure from the White House.