clearn.png
Monday October 18th, 2021 3:14AM

Detroit-area county certifies vote after first blocking it

By The Associated Press

DETROIT (AP) — Michigan's largest county reversed course and unanimously certified its presidential election results Tuesday night after Republicans first blocked the move in a party-line vote that threatened to temporarily stall official approval of Democrat Joe Biden’s win in the state.

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers acted after the 2-2 tie was condemned by Democrats and election experts as a dangerous attempt to overthrow the will of voters.

The board met after days of unsuccessful litigation filed by Republican poll challengers and President Donald Trump's allies. They claimed fraud during absentee ballot counting at a Detroit convention center, but two judges found no evidence and refused to stop the canvassing process.

Biden crushed Trump in Wayne County, a Democratic stronghold, by more than a 2-1 margin and won the state by 146,000 votes, according to unofficial results.

The canvassers first rejected certification of the Detroit-area vote with a tie. Monica Palmer, a Republican on the board, said poll books in certain Detroit precincts were out of balance. In response, Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat, said it was “reckless and irresponsible” to not certify the results.

“It’s not based upon fraud. It’s absolutely human error,” Kinloch said of any discrepancies. “Votes that are cast are tabulated.”

The board then listened to a parade of spectators blasting Palmer and fellow Republican William Hartmann during the meeting's public comment period over Zoom.

The Rev. Wendell Anthony, a well-known pastor and head of the Detroit branch of the NAACP, called the Republican county canvassers a “disgrace.”

“You have extracted a Black city out of a county and said the only ones that are at fault is the city of Detroit, where 80% of the people who reside here are African Americans. Shame on you!” Anthony said on Zoom, his voice rising during a public comment period.

Certification of the Nov. 3 election results in each of Michigan's 83 counties is a step toward statewide certification by the Michigan Board of State Canvassers.

  • Associated Categories: Associated Press (AP), AP National News, AP Online National News, Top General short headlines, AP Online Headlines - Washington, AP Elections, General Election News, General Presidential Election News
© Copyright 2021 AccessWDUN.com
All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without permission.
Hurricane Iota roars onto Nicaragua as 2nd blow in 2 weeks
Hurricane Iota is tearing across Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf
9:44PM ( 4 minutes ago )
Canada reviewing NBA plan to play in Toronto amid pandemic
The Canadian government is reviewing a proposal from the NBA and the Raptors to play in Toronto amid the pandemic
9:27PM ( 21 minutes ago )
3 former pro-democracy lawmakers arrested in Hong Kong
Hong Kong police have arrested three former opposition lawmakers for disrupting legislative meetings several months ago, as concerns grow over a crackdown on the city’s pro-democracy camp
9:15PM ( 32 minutes ago )
Associated Press (AP)
Trump fires agency head who vouched for 2020 vote security
President Donald Trump has fired the director of the federal agency that repeatedly vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election
8:24PM ( 1 hour ago )
Historic deal revives plan for largest US dam demolition
A new agreement paves the way for the largest dam demolition in U.S. history to try to save salmon that are critical to tribes and have dwindled to almost nothing in recent years
7:37PM ( 2 hours ago )
Trump fires head of DHS election security agency
President Donald Trump has fired the director of the federal agency that repeatedly vouched for the reliability of the 2020 election
7:23PM ( 2 hours ago )
AP National News
Theo Epstein steps down after 9 seasons leading Cubs
Theo Epstein is stepping down after nine seasons as the Chicago Cubs' president of baseball operations
5:17PM ( 4 hours ago )
Controversial Fed nominee Shelton stalls in Senate test vote
President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to the Federal Reserve has stalled in the Senate after Vice President-elect Kamala Harris returned to the chamber to cast a key vote
5:15PM ( 4 hours ago )
Stocks fall as virus worries force big rally to take a pause
Stocks took a pause from their big rally this month that has vaulted them back to record heights
4:46PM ( 5 hours ago )
Top General short headlines
Republican widens edge in tight U.S. House fight north of LA
An updated tally of votes in a still-undecided U.S. House race north of Los Angeles shows Republican Rep. Mike Garcia widening his lead over Democrat Christy Smith
7:36PM ( 2 hours ago )
Controversial Fed nominee Shelton faces razor-thin vote
President Donald Trump's controversial nominee to the Federal Reserve is facing a razor-close vote in Congress
2:27PM ( 7 hours ago )
Biden filling top White House team with campaign veterans
President-elect Joe Biden has announced top White House staff positions, drawing from the senior ranks of his campaign and some of his closest confidants
1:35PM ( 8 hours ago )
AP Elections
Twitter: 300,000 tweets flagged over election disinformation
The CEO of Twitter says the service flagged some 300,000 tweets as part of efforts to combat disinformation in the period around the 2020 election between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden
9:40AM ( 12 hours ago )
Trump campaign lawsuit over Pennsylvania vote heads to court
A hearing on the Trump campaign’s federal lawsuit seeking to prevent Pennsylvania officials from certifying the vote results remains on track
8:45AM ( 13 hours ago )
Facebook, Twitter CEOs facing questions on election measures
A Senate panel is calling on the CEOs of Facebook and Twitter to defend their handling of disinformation in the contest between President Donald Trump and Democrat Joe Biden
8:18AM ( 13 hours ago )
General Election News
Peru's Congress selects centrist lawmaker to be new leader
Peru’s Congress has chosen a new leader expected to become the nation’s third president in the span of a week, a hopeful sign that the political crisis is on the verge of resolution
9:18PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Biden says his family following holiday guidance
As Americans face the complications of holding holiday celebrations amid the ongoing pandemic, President-elect Joe Biden says he and his family are trying to navigate the same issues, with safety measures
4:01PM ( 1 day ago )
The Latest: Biden cites importance of sharing vaccine plans
President-elect Joe Biden says that more coronavirus deaths will be the consequence of the Trump administration refusing to share its vaccine distribution plans with his incoming administration
3:55PM ( 1 day ago )
General Presidential Election News
Hurricane Iota roars onto Nicaragua as 2nd blow in 2 weeks
Hurricane Iota is tearing across Nicaragua with screeching winds and pounding surf
9:44PM ( 6 minutes ago )
Canada reviewing NBA plan to play in Toronto amid pandemic
The Canadian government is reviewing a proposal from the NBA and the Raptors to play in Toronto amid the pandemic
9:27PM ( 23 minutes ago )
Play-in tourney on, Olympics likely out for NBA in 2020-21
The 2020-21 NBA schedule will feature a play-in tournament and an NBA Finals that could run all the way until July 22 — keeping some players from competing in the Olympics
9:07PM ( 43 minutes ago )
Bankruptcy judge OKs federal settlement with Purdue Pharma
A bankruptcy judge has given his approval to OxyContin maker Purdue Pharma's $8 billion settlement with the U.S. Department of Justice
8:46PM ( 1 hour ago )
Some resist California's new coronavirus restrictions
California has imposed new coronavirus restrictions on businesses in most of the state's counties after a surge of new cases
8:39PM ( 1 hour ago )