Refusal to certify election results until key questions are answered is a major victory for democracy
Amherst, Virginia/November 18, 2020 – Phill Kline, director of the Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, applauded Monica Palmer and William Hartmann of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers for demonstrating incredible courage in the face of intense harassment and bullying from leftists demanding that they rubber-stamp a vote count that has been marred by significant irregularities, illegalities, and unresolved questions.
After voting not to certify the results of November 3 election, Palmer and Hartmann were subjected to false accusations of racism and threats against themselves and their families. Meanwhile, they were viciously berated during an hours-long process and misled into believing that they could neither break for dinner nor return to their homes.
“I’m proud of Monica Palmer and William Hartmann for standing up for their principles despite the intimidation tactics of leftist agitators and a shocking lack of support from their colleagues,” Kline said. “Anyone who cares about preserving the integrity of our elections should be heartened by their commitment to fairness and justice.”
Contrary to the hysterical claims of their antagonists, their votes did not “disenfranchise” Detroit voters; the initial vote merely bought valuable time to ensure that Michigan’s official election results reflect a fair and transparent process conducted according to the law.
Nonetheless, in the spirit of compromise, Palmer and Hartmann struck a deal with their Democrat counterparts that should have satisfied both sides: in exchange for reversing their initial votes, they were promised that Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson would conduct a thorough investigation of the issues that prompted their concerns. Soon after that verbal agreement was reported, however, Benson reneged and claimed that she was under no obligation to abide by those terms.
Significant questions need to be answered before the people can have confidence in the accuracy of the vote count. The vote counts produced by almost three-quarters of Detroit Absentee Voter Counting Boards, for instance, did not match or balance with electronic pollbooks or Qualified Voter Files, and documents that might shed light on those discrepancies have not been provided.
Wayne County officials and the Secretary of State promised Michiganders that the unprecedented use of drop boxes, consolidation of counting locations, and the elimination of various protections of the absentee ballot would not impact the integrity of the election. Yet, thus far, these officials have refused to release the logs identifying who had access to the keys of the drop boxes, who picked up ballets from the drop boxes, and when those ballots were delivered to the counting centers. Moreover, officials have refused to release the video of these ballot collection locations or information regarding the delivery of tens of thousands of ballots in the early morning November 4. This refusal joins with procedural and legal failings and hostile treatment of certified poll watchers to justify a refusal to certify the Wayne County results.