Democracy Alerts

Wayne County Board of Canvassers Deadlock on Election Results

November 17, 2020

WASHINGTON, D.C.— Two Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers have refused to certify the November 3rd election results. In a Board meeting tonight, the Republican members voted against certification because “many precincts in the county were out of balance by a few votes.” Board Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch called the decision “reckless and irresponsible.”

Wayne County is Michigan’s largest county and overwhelmingly voted for President-elect Joe Biden by more than 300,000 votes. Historically, the Board of Canvassers has voted to adopt the results in a bipartisan and uniform fashion, making the split on party-lines alarming. The State Board of Canvassers will now have to step in to certify the Wayne County Election, which is composed of two Democrats and two Republicans.