ALERT: Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 on certifying election results, split along party lines.

Dem member blasts Republicans for "allowing politics" to block certifcation: "There is no reason under the sun for us not to certify this election...irresponsible"
Board member Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat on the 4-member board, blasts the 2 Republicans for blocking the certification of election results in Michigan's largest county, Wayne, calling it "reckless & irresponsible."
Politics made a "presence" here today.
The Republicans on the board are saying that some of the precincts are out of balance. Wayne County board member Monica Palmer, a Republican, said they need to look at the books to account for those discrepancies, where the ballot numbers differ:
“I smell politics at the core of this action,” says Democrat member Kinloch of the Republicans on 4-member Wayne County Board of Canvassers that just deadlocked 2-2 on certifying election results in Michigan’s largest county, which hasn’t happened in memory. “I smell the games.”
This is a "slap in the face of all of the work we do," said a Wayne County election worker, blasting the 2 Republican board members who voted against certifying the election results in Michigan's largest county. She said they worked hard to process and tabulate the ballots.
Ryan Bates, a leader with liberal advocacy group Michigan United, slams the 2-2 deadlock in Wayne County on certifying election results as an "absolute travesty."

Bates says they will be "working in the courts and streets" to over turn this decision.
Michigan GOP Chair Laura Cox praises the blocking today of certifying Wayne County election results:

“The people of Michigan deserve to know what happened in Wayne County...This action will allow more time for us to get to the bottom of these deeply troubling irregularities."
Head of Detroit NAACP blasts Republican board member on Wayne County Board of Canvassers for saying that she would not certify election results in 80%-black Detroit, but was ok with the results outside of Detroit: “Shame on you. ... You are a disgrace.”
After Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocks 2-2 along party lines on certifying election results in Michigan's largest county, the certification now goes to a 4-member statewide body, Board of State Canvassers, which is also half Repub and half Dem. freep.com/story/news/loc…
The meeting is still going on. Speaker after speaker is blasting the 2 Republicans with the Wayne County Board for voting against certifying election, calling it racist against Detroit, a 90% minority city.

"I am appalled," said William Davis, with National Action Network.
Wayne County (#2) and Monica Palmer (#15) are both trending on Twitter now in the U.S. after the Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocks 2-2 on certifying election results in Michigan's largest county. Palmer had said she only had a problem with Detroit's election results.
MI Sec. of State responds to complaints by Republicans about precincts out of balance:

"It is common for some precincts...to be out of balance by a small number of votes...Importantly, this is not an indication that any votes were improperly...counted."
The 2 Democrats on the 4-member Wayne County Board of Canvassers appear to have left the online meeting. The two Republicans are still there as speaker after speaker blast them for being racist. One speaker compared them to Bull O'Connor.
Speakers are also upset that GOP board member William Hartmann said earlier he was going to skip over speakers from commenting because he could not pronounce their name.

You "picked other people because you could pronounce their name," said Pastor Ed Pruett. "Racist ignorance."
Update: The 2 Democrats on Wayne County Board of Canvassers are back at the meeting while Republican Monica Palmer has left. Current speaker, Trische Duckworth, wants Palmer to come back to the meeting: “She needs to face what she has done.”
One of the two Republicans on 4-member Wayne County Board of Canvassers who voted today to deny certifying election results was interviewed last month by the BBC. He said he supports Trump because “swamp dwellers don’t like him”
William Hartmann, 1 of 2 Republicans on 4-member Wayne County board that voted to not certify election results apparently has history of controversial posts about Muslims, calling Obama a "Muslim President."
From leader with Arab-American civil rts group:
Update: Before ending the meeting, the Wayne County board voted again, this time 4-0, to certify the election results, but asked the Sec. of State to look into precincts that were out of balance.

The reversal came after hours of complaints from Democrats and liberal advocates.
I just got confirmation from spokeswoman for Michigan Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson that the Wayne County Board of Canvassers has reversed their earlier 2-2 vote on certifying election results.

"they voted to certify unanimously 4-0," she said.

GOP members reverse course, vote to certify Wayne County election results freep.com/story/news/loc…
Rep. Rashida Tlaib of Detroit: "I am glad to see that after hours of hearing from the public, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted unanimously to certify the...results, after initially failing to do so. This was unnecessary drama, fueled by partisan games, discriminatory"
Before the Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers reversed their vote on certifying election results, they were blasted by Democrats such as Ashley Daniels, who warned: “We are going to come for y’all heads. You guys are not right. You are unethical.”
The speakers who expressed outrage during the meeting after the initial 2-2 vote by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers were a diverse mix of White, Black, Arab-American, Latino and Indian-American Democrats. Some were poll observers two weeks ago at TCF Center in Detroit.
Trump tweeted three times last night about the Wayne County board initially blocking the certification of election results, but not about the board later reversing themselves.
Before the Republicans on Wayne County board reversed their vote, Rev. Wendell Anthony of Detroit NAACP said that regardless of their attempts to block certification, Joe Biden will become on Jan. 20 president and “a Black woman by the name of Kamala Harris” will be VP:
Trump tweeted this morning another lie about Wayne County tabulation, saying there were more votes than people, a bizarre claim with no basis in reality. 878,000 ballots were cast, much lower than county’s 1.7+ mil population. Trump also alleges the board members were threatened.
Black leaders, civil rights advocates outraged over initial Wayne County Canvassers vote freep.com/story/news/pol…
Another inaccurate claim from Trump just tweeted. No evidence of this. And Michigan is on track to formally certify results next week on Nov. 23, said Sec. Benson.
Arab-Americans and Muslims played a role in the Wayne County battle. Several of the leaders who spoke out were from the Arab-American community. 1 of the 2 Republicans on the county board has history of anti-Muslim views, calling Obama a "Muslim President"
freep.com/story/news/pol…
Citing unnamed source, AP reports Trump contacted Republicans on Wayne County Board of Canvassers.

“Trump reached out to the canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, on Tuesday evening after the revised vote to express gratitude for their support.” apnews.com/article/joe-bi…

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