A county election board on Tuesday refused to certify results from the Detroit area, kicking the contested Nov. 3 election to state officials.
The Wayne County Board of Canvassers deadlocked 2-2 in a party-line vote to certify the results. The Republican members said absentee ballot poll books in Detroit were discovered to be out of balance.
The certification hiccup is the latest wrinkle in an election that President Trump and his allies are challenging in federal court in Michigan, Pennsylvania and Nevada.
Wayne County Board of Canvassers Vice Chairman Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat, called the two Republican members’ actions “reckless and irresponsible,” according to the Detroit News.
Chairwoman Monica Palmer, a Republican, said the poll books didn’t add up.
“Based on what I saw and went through in poll books in this canvass, I believe that we do not have complete and accurate information in those poll books,” she said.
Absentee ballot poll books also were out of balance