Republican members of a county election board on Tuesday reversed their decision to block the certification of Detroit election results.
The two members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted to certify the results after an outcry from state officials and Detroit voters.
About three hours earlier, the board deadlocked in a 2-2 votes along party lines that blocked certification and kicked the contested Nov. 3 election to state officials.
The failure to certify the results was hailed as a victory for President Trump, who is mounting federal court challenges to the ballot counts in Michigan and several other states to reverse Democrat Joseph R. Biden’s projected win of the White House.
The Republican board members had said absentee ballot poll books in heavily-Democratic Detroit were discovered to be out of balance. The failure to certify would have triggered a state takeover of the canvassing process.
Detroit voters, however, protested and accused Republicans of trying to steal the