MICHIGAN—Wayne County Canvasser Jonathan Kinloch committed fraud to obtain the affidavit of two GOP Members. Kinlock confirmed to ABC News that he gave this assurance but added that he had been unable to reach the secretary of state on Tuesday night to get her commitment.
“It restored my faith in the fact that yes, government does work, that yes, the people can make a difference,” said Kinloch, who has vowed to ensure the audit takes place–although he knew that he had obtained the vote under deception.
The board’s 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.
In August, canvassers found 72% of Detroit’s absentee voting precincts didn’t match the number of ballots cast. The imbalances between August and November are not an exact comparison since August’s canvassing was based on results from 503 precincts and November’s canvassing was based on 134 counting boards
Kinloch’s falsehoods sought to distract the public from efforts to discover the truth about voter fraud in Wayne County Michigan.
Kinloch’s actions undermines public trust and frustrate the public’s ability to hold the government accountable for its performance.
Kinloch, a Democrat, called the decision to initially block the certification by the two Republican members “reckless and irresponsible.”
“There is no reason under the sun for us to have not certified this election,” Kinloch said. “I believe that politics made its presence known here today.”
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. State law requires the board to resolve concerns like that before it votes on certification, experts said.
The Republicans were bullied, and threaten during the meeting. The two Republicans had to face a lineup of poll workers, clerks and voters, who berated them for declining to certify an election in which 878,000 people had voted, Tuesday.
Itsis the task of the board to decide whether to certify the results of Wayne County’s elections and pass the decision on to a similar board at the state level. When the state board certifies the election results, Michigan can send its 16 electors to the electoral college to finalize the presidential vote.
According to Gregory Mahar, the county’s director of elections, the counts in 28 percent of Detroit’s precincts and absentee counting boards were still out of balance without a clear explanation. But the size of the errors was small — a difference of one or two votes per precinct without a clear explanation of why the imbalance occurred, affecting a ballpark amount of about 450 total votes.
Monica Palmer, one of the two Republican members, said she was not convinced. Palmer, a schools activist in the Detroit area, said in an interview Wednesday that she had spent months pressing Detroit and Wayne County election authorities to fix problems where precincts are chronically out of balance. They had not.
“I wasn’t taking votes away from anybody,” Palmer said. “I was allowing the state to find the explanations.”
Detroit-area Democratic congresswomen Debbie Dingell and Rashida Tlaib. Dingell said she’d been worried about the possibility of a deadlocked board and had been telling activist groups to be ready: “I found the president of the AFL-CIO hunting in the woods,” Dingell said.
“I do not have faith that the poll books are complete and accurate,” Palmer said.
But Kinloch, the Democratic member, said he saw an opening–and he stepped out of the meeting and began calling Democratic Party leaders to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).
Eventually, he said, he tried to get on the phone with the secretary of state’s office, which oversees elections statewide, but was unable to reach anyone. He contacted other Democratic Party officials in the state. Would they agree to help him pursue a comprehensive audit of the entire election process in Wayne County, if the Republicans agreed to certify the results first?
They said yes, Kinloch said. But he lied. Kinloch failed to speak to the Secretary of State to obtain her commitment to an audit.
At 8:45 p.m., Kinloch called a 10-minute recess. The board members went into a private room, and Kinloch offered his convincing false compromise. Palmer agreed, saying a more rigorous audit of the Detroit results was all she had wanted all along.
They called the vote over again, and this time, all four voted “yea.”
The move was so abrupt that people in the room were stunned, confused about what had just happened. “Wait, so is it done?” asked a sheriff’s deputy, there to provide security.
Afterward, the two Democratic members of the board rejoiced.
Palmer, the GOP member, said the experience had left her shaken.
“Last night was heartbreaking,” she said in an interview with The Washington Post on Wednesday. “I sat in that chair for two hours listening to people attack me” as a racist attempting to disenfranchise Detroit residents. She said police escorted her out of the building after the meeting and that she has received death threats.
On Thursday, both Republicans rescinded their votes via an affidavit. And the Trump’s Administration has dropped their Michigan lawsuit based on the affidavit withdrawals.
Source: WP contributed.