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Michigan's Wayne County certifies election results after initial deadlock - UPDATE: Repub. Election Board members reverse vote, no certification

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Absentee ballots are processed at the central counting board in Detroit, Mich., on Nov. 4, 2020.
Michigan's most populous county reversed course on Nov. 17 and unanimously certified its Nov. 3 election results, shortly after two GOP members of Michigan's Wayne County Board of Canvassers cast a vote against the move which resulted in a deadlocked 2-2 vote.

The unanimous vote to certify the results came on the condition that the secretary of state's office conduct a comprehensive audit of the unexplained precincts across the county.

The abrupt reversal followed a Tuesday evening meeting, during which Board Chairwoman Monica Palmer and William Hartmann, both Republicans, initially cast votes against certifying the results, while Democrats Allen Wilson and Board Vice Chair Jonathan Kinloch voted in favor of certification.

Palmer had said her refusal to certify results for the county's 43 jurisdictions, including Detroit, was based on the fact that she and Hartmann believe that they "do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books."

She also said that while she would have been open to certifying election results in some jurisdictions, others including Detroit — the state's largest voting jurisdiction — have recorded unexplained discrepancies.

After the four board members cast their votes, Palmer and Hartmann listened to a number of spectators over Zoom, who criticized their decision, The Associated Press reported.

Comment: Michigan's secretary of state, Jocelyn Benson, wrote off the errors in those precincts as follows:
"What was identified were bookkeeping errors, simply incidents where voters may have showed up to a precinct but maybe have ultimately decided not to vote and leave, or perhaps ballots placed in an envelope that then should go through a machine, just different things that occurred throughout the day when you have a very high turnout election that oftentimes aren't fully reflected in the bookkeeping," Benson, a Democrat, said during a virtual appearance on CNN's "New Day."
Clear as mud! Here are the specifics the GOP members are alleging:

Check out this deranged freak-job:

The Republicans who flipped their votes were called racist and not-so-subtly threatened on the zoom call.

UPDATE: In another turnaround, the Republican members who changed their votes have rescinded their votes, thus blocking the certification process.
In an extraordinary turnabout that foreshadows possible legal action, the two GOP members of Wayne County's election board signed affidavits Wednesday night alleging they were bullied and misled into approving election results in Michigan's largest metropolis and do not believe the votes should be certified until serious irregularities in Detroit votes are resolved.

The statements by Wayne County Board of Canvassers Chairwoman Monica Palmer and fellow GOP member William C. Hartmann rescinding their votes from a day earlier threw into question anew whether Michigan's presidential vote currently favoring Democrat Joe Biden will be certified. They also signaled a possible legal confrontation ahead.

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

Added Palmer in her affidavit: "I rescind my prior vote to certify Wayne County elections."

Both GOP board members said their concerns included discrepancies in nearly three quarters of Detroit's precinct poll books where ballots are supposed to be matched to qualified voters.

"The Wayne County election had serious process flaws which deserve investigation. I continue to ask for information to assure Wayne County voters that these elections were conducted fairly and accurately. Despite repeated requests I have not received the requisite information and believe an additional 10 days of canvas by the State Board of canvassers will help provide the information necessary," Palmer explained.

Their pronouncements come just 24 hours after a chaotic meeting in which the county's election board initially failed to certify the Nov. 3 election results during a 2-2 deadlocked vote when both Palmer and Hartmann voted against certification. But after hours of contentious public comment and criticism -- including Democratic allegations of racism and threats against their safety -- the two GOP members struck a deal to certify the elections in return for a promise of a thorough audit.

Palmer and Hartmann said Wednesday they learned that state officials had reneged or would not honor the audit, leaving them no recourse but to oppose certification until more investigation could be performed.

It is unclear whether the Tuesday night compromise was binding or could be changed. But both GOP members said in the affidavits they felt misled and unduly pressured to change their positions the night earlier.

"The comments made accusations of racism and threatened me and members of my family," Palmer said in her affidavit.

The board members' actions were immediately hailed by Phill Kline, head of the conservative-leaning Thomas More Society's Amistad Project, which has been contesting election irregularities in several key battleground states like Michigan.

"I'm pleased Mr. Hartmann and Ms. Palmer reiterated their opposition to the certification of the Wayne County results despite bullying and threats and in the face of broken promises by Michigan's Secretary of State," Kline told Just the News. "Mr. Hartman is properly demanding answers from Wayne County election officials."

You can read their affidavits here.

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And here's another witness to the fraud in Detroit:

Karamo describes witnessing the 3:30 am Biden ballot dump. You know, the one the media constantly says didn't exist.
Karamo saw that there was no effective review of signatures on those ballots at the counting boards. She describes seeing ballots that should have been spoiled, instead counted for Biden, with poll workers saying "I think that should go to the Democrat." Her challenges to bad ballots were IGNORED.

She also describes that GOP Poll Challengers would not be hired by the City of Detroit, helping to explain what other witnesses have also described: a completely lopsided ratio of Democrats to Republicans, ensuring that Republicans could not protect the integrity of the ballot counting process in Detroit. Karamo describes calling and attempting to apply several times to be an official poll worker and being denied, even though the Clerk lied and told her that not enough Republicans had applied.

According to Karamo the Republicans were systemically denied access to observe the vote count.

"They were like Demons!" Karamo says.


Russ Ramsland of the Allied Security Operations Group: Michigan results are a FRAUD

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Via Lou Dobbs Tonight:

Russ Ramsland: We have been out looking mostly at Michigan. We are beginning on turning our sights on Pennsylvania and Georgia. The things you find in Michigan are amazing. There are over 3,000 precincts where the presidential votes cast compared to the estimated voters from the SOS (Secretary of State) is 99% all the way up to 350%. Those kind of numbers don't exist in the real world.

So where did all those votes come from? And looking at that, we've gone back and looked at some of these huge vote dumps that were mostly Biden's. We call them spikes. We've gone back and traced the spikes. We've seen where they were cast, primarily in four counties. We looked at how long it took to cast those votes. And we looked at the equipment that exists at all of those locations by serial number. And the fact of the matter is we can't see any physical way possible for some of those votes to have been in those kind of numbers because they just don't have the equipment that can produce it in that timing.

Comment: Here's is Ramsland's affidavit:


In Nevada, a corrupt cash-for-votes scheme is hiding in plain sight

Native American cash for votes in Nevada
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It should surprise no one that Nevada has problems with election security and voter fraud, especially after the state mailed an absentee ballot to every registered voter this year whether he requested one or not, then received back more than eight times as many mail-in ballots as they did in 2016. That's part of the reason Republicans in Nevada filed another lawsuit on Tuesday alleging widespread voter fraud and irregularities.

The mass mailing of unsolicited ballots is of course a recipe for fraud, even more so in a state where the voter rolls contain tens of thousands of people who haven't voted or updated their records in more than a decade. This is how you get dead people voting, as we reported here at The Federalist and as Tucker Carlson noted last week.

But there's another, less sensational but perhaps more consequential election scandal in Nevada that hasn't yet made headlines, even though it's been hiding in plain sight for weeks now. Under the guise of supposedly nonprofit, nonpartisan get-out-the-vote campaigns, Native American voter advocacy groups in Nevada handed out gift cards, electronics, clothing, and other items to voters in tribal areas, in many cases documenting the exchange of ballots for "prizes" on their own Facebook pages, sometimes even while wearing official Joe Biden campaign gear.

Arrow Up

Forced vaccination law in Denmark abandoned after protests

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A law in Denmark that would have given authorities the power to forcibly inject people with a coronavirus vaccine has been abandoned after nine days of public protests.

The 'epidemic law' would have handed the Danish government the power to enact mandatory quarantine measures against anyone infected with a dangerous disease, but it was the part about vaccinations that caused the biggest uproar.

"The Danish Health Authority would be able to define groups of people who must be vaccinated in order to contain and eliminate a dangerous disease," reports the Local.

Yellow Vest

Thousands protest new draconian 'Comprehensive Security Law' in France, police unleash tear gas & water cannons

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There were violent clashes across France as thousands took to the streets in protest against a controversial proposed all-encompassing "global security law" which would criminalize filming police activity in certain circumstances.

The proposed legislation, currently being debated by the French parliament, seeks to criminalize photographing or filming the police with intent to cause harm. It would also reportedly give more autonomy to local police, arm more officers nationwide and expand the use of surveillance drones in high-crime areas.

Video shared online purports to show journalists being detained at Tuesday's nationwide protests, which grew increasingly violent as the day wore on.

Comment: Over in Germany the government is also using the manufactured crisis to force through new laws conferring ever more powers to the government, and, just like in France, German citizens, are protesting the sinister maneuvers: 'Merkel must go, democracy must stay!' Anti-lockdown protesters blasted with water cannon at central Berlin rally

Red Flag

Sharp rise in children investigated over far-right links - including youngsters under 10

Harry Vaughan

Harry Vaughan, 18, posted a bomb-making manual to a neo-Nazi forum.

A former neo-Nazi tells Sky News that video games and extremist content on social media are being used to recruit children.

Children under the age of 10 in the UK are being investigated over their links to far-right extremism, Sky News has found.

Home Office figures show a dramatic rise in the number of under-18s referred to the government's counter-terrorism programme Channel over concerns about their possible involvement with the far-right.

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Arrow Up

'Experts' listed 27 House races as toss-ups, but Republicans won all 27

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US House of Representatives
On Monday, Burgess Owens, a former NFL player and vocal critic of Colin Kaepernick, was declared the winner of Utah's 4th Congressional District.

Despite running against an incumbent and trailing by 11% in final polling, Owens prevailed in a race deemed a "toss-up" by Cook Political Report, a "nonpartisan" election and campaign analysis group popular among legacy media outlets.

Ahead of the 2020 election, Cook listed 27 races as "toss-ups," meaning they were too close to predict one way or the other. Republicans won all 27.

That's not a typo. Despite being assured by that conservatism was about to drown beneath an impending "blue wave," Republicans won every single close race.

Republicans also won all 26 races deemed "leaning or likely Republican," and even picked up 7 of the 36 seats listed as "leaning or likely Democrat."

Despite nearly unanimous predictions that Democrats would further cement control of the House, they now hold just a 218-204 advantage, with Republicans poised to pick up more seats, as they lead in 8 of the remaining 13 races.

Arrow Down

Michigan House Republicans plan Gretchen Whitmer impeachment

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Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer
Several Republican members of the Michigan House of Representatives are proposing articles of impeachment against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer (D).

State Rep. Matt Maddock (R) announced via Parler that he is joining with Reps. Daire Rendon (R), Beau LaFave (R), Ryan Berman (R), and Shane Hernandez (R) on the effort. He said incoming legislators Ken Borton (R) and Steve Carra (R) are supportive, as well. State Sens. Dan Lauwers (R) and Lana Theis (R) are also backing impeachment, Maddock said.

Maddock posted a list of reasons for why he believed Whitmer should be impeached:
  • Ignored court orders.
  • Violated our Constitutional rights.
  • Completely ignored due process and the legislature.
  • Weaponized contact tracing databases to aid democrat campaigns.
  • Using our kids as political pawns and denied special needs students who depend on the services that occur during in-person classes. Caused the unnecessary death of thousands of our vulnerable elderly who died alone and scared in nursing homes.
In Michigan, the House of Representatives initiates impeachment and a majority vote is required. In the next legislative session, Republicans will have a 58-52 majority, according to Mlive.

Three representatives would be appointed to prosecute the impeachment case in the Senate. Two-thirds of senators must vote to convict the governor in order for her to be removed. Republicans hold a 22-16 majority in that chamber, Ballotpedia reported, so at least three Democrats would need to vote affirmatively for removal.

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Disability service coordinator blows whistle on vote fraud in Wisconsin group homes

elderly nursing home vote fraud voter
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Susan couldn't believe what she was hearing. Client after client, developmentally disabled person after developmentally disabled person all told the same story: Their vote was stolen from them.

Susan, a disability service coordinator who works with developmentally disabled adults who live in various assisted living facilities and group homes in and around Milwaukee, says every one of her more than 20 clients told her that they were either pressured to vote for Democratic candidate Joe Biden or had a vote cast for Biden before they ever had a chance to see their ballot.

"I haven't been able to see them in person since March because of COVID, but we do Zoom calls regularly," said Susan, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, as she fears reprisal for coming forward. "Right after the election, one of my clients said that he voted for Biden but didn't want to."

Susan was confused, so she asked him what he meant.

Arrow Up

Sorry Cuomo, we're doing Thanksgiving!

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How Governor Andrew Cuomo views Thanksgiving for New Yorkers
New York governor Andrew Cuomo took the last can of Who-hash by announcing a ban on both indoor and outdoor private gatherings larger than 10 people. It is just the latest flash of insanity from our nation's leaders in trying to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, but it provoked an even larger backlash than usual because it attacks two sacred American institutions: Thanksgiving and the family.

Cuomo's order is insulting to our intelligence and is disgustingly authoritarian. COVID science suggests gathering outdoors is relatively safe (it's why so many states have offered restaurants money to winterize their patio dining), yet Cuomo tells families they cannot do it for Turkey Day. What if you live in a rural area and have a large backyard that makes social distancing possible? Cuomo's rule offers no such exceptions. Nor are there exceptions if families are responsible and decided to self-quarantine for a period of time before meeting their relatives for the holidays. There's something very eerie about the thought of government authorities going door-to-door and fining people for gathering with their own family members. It shouldn't be surprising, though, from the same governor that has targeted the Orthodox Jewish community for continuing to hold religious services.

Comment: Who's the turkey? Many New Yorkers have a good idea!

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