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Wayne County Republican Canvassers Rescind Their Votes After Claims of Bullying

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The two Republicans on the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, have both rescinded the votes they cast to certify the election results on Wednesday, claiming that they were bullied into siding with Democrats.

According to the affidavit, Palmer and Hartmann had refused to vote to certify the election in Michigan’s most populous county because they felt there was so many voting irregularities, Fox & Friends reported Wednesday.

Both Republicans say they were called racists and subjected to threats for raising concerns about ballots that Democrats said were from predominately Black communities, Jenna Ellis, a lawyer for the Trump 2020 Campaign, told Fox News on Tuesday.

Palmer said in her affidavit that she faced “accusations of racism” and threats to her family.

“After the vote, my Democratic colleagues chided me and Mr. Hartmann for voting not to certify,” she said, according to the affidavit. “After the vote, the public comment period began and dozens of people made personal remarks against me and Mr. Hartmann. The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family. The public comment continued for over two hours and  I felt pressured to continue the meeting without a break.”  

“I sat for two hours listening to people attack me,” she added. “The Democrats were too busy trying to belittle me.”

After a “pressure campaign” they then said they would vote to certify the election under the agreement that the Secretary of State, Jocelyn Benson, would run an audit on the votes.

“Later that evening I was sent statements that Secretary Jocelyn Benson made, saying that she did not view our audit resolution to be binding. Her comments disputed the representations made by the vice chair on which I relied. As a result of these facts I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections. I fully believe Wayne County votes should not be certified,” Palmer said in her affadavit.

Hartmann mirrored her statement.

“I voted not to certify, and I still believe this vote should not be certified. Until these questions are addressed, I remain opposed to certification of the Wayne County results,” Hartmann said in his affidavit.

President Donald Trump tweeted in support of the Republican canvassers.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1329086548093014022

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BREAKING: IL judge orders state election board to remove Trump from primary ballot

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Cook County Judge Tracie Porter issued a lengthy ruling Wednesday which orders the state election board to remove former President Donald Trump from the Illinois primary ballot on March 19. Porter wrote Trump is disqualified from the presidency due to his actions relating to the January 6, 2021 riots at the U.S. Capitol.

Porter said she was aware her “decision could not be the ultimate outcome,” given that higher courts will have a chance to weigh in; she also put her order on hold until Friday in anticipation of an appeal.

The Chicago Sun Times reports that the State Board of Elections voted unanimously last month to reject the same bid to block Trump from Illinois’ ballot under the 14th Amendment. But Porter found the board’s decision to be “clearly erroneous.”

The 14th Amendment bars from “any office, civil or military, under the United States” anyone who previously took an oath as an “officer of the United States” to support the Constitution but then engaged in “insurrection or rebellion.”

Trump’s lawyers have told the U.S. Supreme Court the amendment doesn’t apply because the president is not an “officer of the United States” under the Constitution and because he did not engage in “anything that qualifies as ‘insurrection.’”

According to the Chicago Sun Times, the “U.S. Supreme Court is poised to rule on the controversy soon — and appeared skeptical of the arguments to kick Trump off Colorado’s ballot. The clock is ticking on the nation’s high court given that Colorado’s primary election is Tuesday.” Porter also said her order would be put on hold if the Supreme court’s ruling is ultimately “inconsistent” with hers.

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