The Wayne County Board of Canvassers failed to certify the election results in Michigan’s largest county Thursday after the four-member panel deadlocked at 2-2 along partisan lines.
The decision, which was made amid a flood of Republican lawsuits in the Wolverine State, came after some absentee ballot poll books in Detroit, which is located in Wayne County, were found to be out of balance. A similar mismatch in the August primaries and general election in 2016 did not prevent the body from certifying those results.
Both of the GOP members of the panel voted to not certify the results, while the Democratic members voted to certify.
The deadlock will likely kick the responsibility of certifying the county’s results to the secretary of state’s office and the Board of State Canvassers, which will then have 10 days to canvas and certify the results.