“While the Board reached the correct conclusion supported by fact rather than fiction, this was not done without members first playing party politics with one of our most sacred democratic processes. We must call the initial 2-2 deadlock vote and call to certify all votes aside from Detroit for what it was: yet another iteration of overt, deeply-entrenched racism coupled with an attempt to disenfranchise lawful voters of one of the largest majority Black cities in America.

“In the end, the members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers upheld their legal duty to certify the results of the Nov. 3 election, but the partisan charade surrounding the entire process will have lasting effects long after. It’s a shame that, in a year marked by record voter participation in the face of a global pandemic, we are not able to fully revel in this democratic milestone for our state and nation without having to further fight tooth and nail to defend the integrity of our institutions from party politics.”