The Michigan Democratic Party released the following statement on behalf of Chair Lavora Barnes regarding the Wayne County Board of Canvassers reversal on certifying the election results.
“For several hours tonight we heard from Michigan residents outraged by the initial decision of the two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to not certify the vote. Their words were full of passion, filled with anger and outrage for the blatant racism that was on display. Their impassioned pleas, along with the leadership of Wayne County Board of Canvassers Vice Chair Jonathan Kinloch, led to a reversal of the board’s initial decision. The Wayne County vote was certified tonight and they have requested that the Secretary of State conduct an audit of the election results. We applaud this decision and are thrilled that the voices of over 800,000 Wayne County voters have been heard and their votes have been properly counted. We were reminded tonight about the importance of speaking up and speaking out. We are deeply thankful to all of you that took the time to share your story tonight. You made a difference.”