US election: Is the dam breaking? By Kristinn Taylor.
The Wayne County, Michigan Board of Canvassers deadlocked on a 2-2 party line vote on whether to certify the results of the November 3 elections, with the two Republican members refusing to approve the vote because of poll books that did not match vote tallies.
Wayne County includes the city of Detroit where most of the problems occurred. According to the current count, Joe Biden leads President Trump by just under 150,000 votes statewide.
The next step will be for the state board of elections to review the Wayne County results and decide on whether to certify the votes. The state board is likewise made up of two Republican and two Democrats. If that board deadlocks, then it would go to the Republican state legislature. (Process explained here.) …
The left responds by pressuring the two Republicans.
The left has put a hit out on the Republican Wayne County election canvassers who voted against certifying a corrupt vote …
Given the political violence that has occurred this year, is this an implied threat of violence by the left?
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) November 18, 2020
UPDATE: No, the dam holds for now, but it was not that dam. By Beth LeBlanc at the Detroit News:
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers abruptly changed course Tuesday night and certified the results of the Nov. 3 election after initially deadlocking 2-2 along party lines, which could have delayed the state process for authorizing results.
The deadlock decision had been lauded by Republicans but decried by Democrats. …
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 “unexplained precincts.”
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 board member William Hartmann said when the video began functioning again. “We just voted on that.” …
Board Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat, called the decision to initially block the certification by the two Republican members “reckless and irresponsible.” …
Chairwoman Monica Palmer, a Republican, defended the initial decision.
“Based on what I saw and went through in poll books in this canvass, I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books,” she said. …
Apparently they were just discussing small clerical errors, not errors that might have indicated rigging:
The votes came after absentee ballot poll books at 70% of Detroit’s 134 absentee counting boards were found to be out of balance without explanation. The mismatches varied anywhere from one to more than four votes.
Benson said it is common for some precincts to be out of balance by a small number of votes, especially in large turnout elections. Michigan’s general election set a record with a turnout of 5.5 million voters.
“Michigan’s Bureau of Elections stands ready to fulfill its duty to complete the canvas for Wayne County, address any clerical errors and improve the quality of the canvass overall,” Benson said in a statement. “Importantly, this is not an indication that any votes were improperly cast or tabulated.”
— Sarah Eaglesfield (@zenxv) November 17, 2020
There are clearly technical errors, so why not just recount the ballots by hand? At this stage, for the sake of credibility and so everyone accepts the result, radical transparency is required.
This is the sort of barely disguised warfare at which the Democrats, who own much of the machinery of government, media, and street violence, and have fewer scruples, excel.
hat-tip Scott of the Pacific, Kat H., Stephen Neil