Official Who Wants to Rescind Certification Got Trump Call

But Michigan's Monica Palmer says president did not pressure her to change mind
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 19, 2020 8:49 AM CST
Updated Nov 19, 2020 12:00 PM CST

(Newser) – What is normally a formality regarding the certification of votes has morphed into a caustic, confusing situation in Wayne County, Michigan—home of Detroit. President Trump himself has personally weighed in, via phone calls to the Republican election officials involved. This all began Tuesday, when a four-member county elections board met to vote on certifying the 2020 results. Details:

  • Deadlock/reversal: The board's initial vote ended in a 2-2 deadlock after its two Republican members voted not to certify. Monica Palmer and William Hartmann cited discrepancies in vote totals in some Detroit precincts, reports the Detroit News. After much debate, Palmer and Hartmann relented and voted to certify the results after all, saying they were promised that an audit would take place.

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