By Sara Powers

DETROIT (AP) — William Hartmann, a Republican member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers has died after battling COVID-19.

William Hartmann’s death this week was reported to the Michigan Republican Party, spokesman Gustavo Portela said.

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Hartmann, 63, was a member of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, a low profile panel that briefly burst into the national spotlight a year ago when it tied, 2-2, and failed to certify election results.

But Hartmann and fellow GOP member Monica Palmer changed course that same night after a wave of harsh criticism during the public comment period of the Zoom meeting.

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Hartmann insisted that he didn’t bow to pressure but changed his vote only after being assured that a post-election audit would be conducted.

Earlier in November, Hartmann’s sister told Facebook friends that her brother was on a ventilator with pneumonia-related to COVID-19.

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