Michigan Will Defend the Power of the People

DETROIT — Today All Voting is Local Michigan, ACLU of Michigan, Detroit Action, Emgage, League of Women Voters of Michigan, Michigan League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, Michigan United, and Voters Not Politicians issued the following statement in response to the deadlock, then reversal, of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to certify the election results, as well as the upcoming certification by the Board of State Canvassers: 

“The power of the people prevailed, showing strength and resilience in the face of continued attacks on our democracy. This blatant attempt to erase the voices of Black Detroiters failed. 

“The people of Michigan are watching, and have made it abundantly clear that we will not tolerate baseless attacks on the very foundation of our democratic process.

“Amid the pandemic, poll workers, election officials, and community members have done everything in their power to protect our democracy and ensure all votes are counted accurately.

“Our action does not stop with our votes. We are prepared to defend our democracy and the very clear collective decision we made on November 3. It is the duty and obligation of  the Board of State Canvassers to do the same.” 

Background:

All 83 Michigan counties have certified the election results. The Board of State Canvassers is scheduled to meet on November 23.