Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, two Republican Election Board members from Wayne County, MI have signed sworn affidavits claiming they were bullied and coerced into certifying the election. On Tuesday night the two Republican Dwayne County Canvassers originally voted no to certifying the election, creating a deadlock. Ultimately, the two switched their votes to have a unanimous answer from the four-member board after receiving threats toward themselves and their families. Now, the members wish to rescind their votes.
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“After the vote, public comment period began and dozens of people made personal remarks against me and Mr. Hartmann. The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family. The public comment continued for over two hours and I felt pressured to continue the meeting without a break,” Palmer said in her affidavit.
“Late in the evening, I was enticed to agree to certify based on the promise that a full and independent audit would take place. I would have not have agreed to the certification but for the promise of an audit,” Hartmann said in his affidavit. “Vice-Chairman Jonathan Kinloch then assured us that if we voted to certify the election, a full, independent, and complete audit of Detroit’s election, would be undertaken. I relied on this assurance in coming to an agreement. Without this assurance, I would not have agreed to certify Wayne County on November 17th.”
Hartmann laid out a number of questions and concerns he would like answers to before he agrees to certify the election, like why 71 percent of Detroit’s Absent Voter Counting Boards (AVCB) didn’t match, whether the chairperson of each of Detroit’s 134 AVCBs kept logs of shift changes and whether or not the 18,000+ same-day registrations in Detroit were verified as legitimate voters.
“The Wayne County election had serious process flaws which deserve investigation. I continue to ask for information to assure Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately,” Palmer wrote. “Despite repeated requests, I have not received the requisite information and believe an additional 10 days of canvas by the State Board of Canvassers will help provide the information necessary.”
Palmer and Hartmann claimed the only reason they chose to vote yes and certify the election results was if an investigation and audit would subsequently take place. The two still believe the election results in Wayne County should not be certified.