Michigan Democratic Party Statement on Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers Attempt to Reverse the Certification of the County Election Results

The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes regarding the Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers attempting to reverse the certification of the county election results.

“Rather than recognizing and apologizing for their conduct as members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann are attempting to reverse their decision again after certifying the election results on Tuesday evening. As we witnessed at the meeting earlier this week, it was abundantly clear that Chair Palmer has absolutely no idea what the role of the canvassing board is and no understanding of what her duties are as the Chair. And though she and Hartmann reversed their initial misguided vote at that meeting, they are now attempting to circumvent the canvassing process in Michigan by signing baseless affidavits that make outrageous claims against their fellow board members and the voters that bravely and boldly participated in the meeting on Tuesday.  It is clear that Palmer and Hartmann are simply kowtowing to the GOP party leadership. There is no legal basis to their claims nor does there exist a path for them to “take back” their vote.  Certifying all election results for the state is now in the hands of the Michigan Board of Canvassers.  

Monica Palmer issued a statement yesterday and in it, claimed “Democrats went off the hinges trying to suggest we wanted to suppress the Black vote, and that was not the case.” Racist conduct and acts of racism cannot be excused or denied because the perpetrator of the conduct or act declares that their intent was not racist.  Chair Palmer’s conduct and comments at the Board of Canvassers’ meeting on Tuesday were racist.  The fact that she claims now to be unable to understand that is nothing more than further reason for her to remove herself from that body and from public service entirely.  The time for silence on these matters is indeed over.  If she declines to resign, she should be removed.  Ignorance is not an excuse for racist conduct.  There is no political courage in the statement she issued, she continues to be misguided by GOP party leadership, and her furtherance of this issue will only invite more outrage.”

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