Wayne County reverses deadlock and certifies election results after initially handing win to GOP


In a last-minute twist, a Detroit-area county reversed its deadlock and unanimously certified the election tally with a demand that the state conduct an audit of mismatched numbers.

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers was initially tied up on Tuesday and said it was deadlocked in its decision to certify the county’s ballot count, although just hours after doing so, it switched its decision under public pressure, with the two Republicans joining the two Democrats on the board in certifying the election.

Six hours into the meeting, the group came to the compromise that moved forward the certification, according to the Detroit News. The board asked Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office to audit the results in some of the precincts given that 70% of Detroit’s 134 absentee ballot-counting boards were out of balance. The mismatched numbers reportedly ranged from one vote to more than four votes.

Immediately after news broke that the board had been deadlocked, Republicans began to hail the move, noting that it gave them more time to look into allegations of electoral misconduct in Wayne County. There was also intense scrutiny from Democrats, who said the two GOP board members were playing partisan politics.

“Today's action is a blatant attempt to undermine the will of the voters. The process, however, will move forward,” said Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

This story is breaking and will be updated.

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