The Board of Canvassers had originally voted 2-2 along party line
Source: Kyle Olson
Wayne County, Michigan, canvassers reversed course late Tuesday night and voted to certify the results from the November 3 election, which have been disputed.
The Board of Canvassers had originally voted 2-2 along party lines. The tie meant the election results were not certified.
But later into the night, the Republican canvassers flipped and voted with the Democrats, while the live video stream was down.
“After hours of angry responses from Wayne County residents, the change in course was approved by the two Republican and two Democratic canvassers with the demand that the Secretary of State’s office conduct a ‘comprehensive audit’ of precincts with unexplained out-of-balance tallies,” the Detroit News reported.
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It is not clear if the approval was conditional on the “comprehensive audit,” or if the investigation was merely requested.
The News reported the broadcast of the meeting went about as well as the vote counting on Election Day:
The high-stakes vote, with the eyes of the nation on Michigan’s largest county, apparently took place while the video stream for the virtual meeting wasn’t working.
“That passed unanimously,” Republican member William Hartmann said when the video began functioning again. “We just voted on that.”
Moments later, he said, “We’re going to adjourn,” and the board ended its meeting at 9:08 p.m.
WXYZ said the board “voted to certify the results under the stipulation that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson does a comprehensive audit of the election in the county.”