Election officials in Michigan’s Wayne county certified the 2020 presidential election after a brief refusal by the Republican Party.
Officials in Michigan's Wayne county certified its election results on November 17 evening, just a few hours after an election controversy. Wayne County voted for President-elect Joe Biden.
The two Republicans on the Wayne County board of canvassers- William Hartman and Palmer- believed the Wayne County results should not have been certified. They claimed they voted to approve the results based on the independent audit's assurance and raised questions about mismatches between the totals submitted by local areas and the final canvass.
However, later, the deadlock dissolved, as GOP leaders reversed their votes with the reassurance of a comprehensive audit of the vote tally. With their approval, the election results in Wayne County were certified unanimously, which includes Detroit, and called for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to audit the mismatched precincts.
Biden won the Democratic county by nearly 323,000 votes; he prevailed in Michigan by about 148,000 votes or 50.5 percent to Trump’s 47.9 percent.