Jill Stein’s recount turned up a problem in Democrat districts – not what she hoped for.
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have.
Election officials in Michigan found that 37% of precincts in Detroit tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books.
Hillary Clinton won Wayne County over Donald Trump 67% to 30%.
State officials are planning to examine about 20 Detroit precincts where ballot discrepancies occurred.
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of the Detroit News.
Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books.
The Detroit precincts are among those that couldn’t be counted during a statewide presidential recount that began last week and ended Friday following a decision by the Michigan Supreme Court. They couldn’t be recounted because of state law that bars recounts for unbalanced precincts or ones with broken seals.
Flint had a similar problem.
This is what we reported on December 7th when the problem became apparent.
Michigan’s largest county voted overwhelmingly for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton, but officials couldn’t reconcile vote totals for 610 of 1,680 precincts during a countywide canvass of vote results late last month, according to the Detroit News.
Most of those are in heavily Democratic Detroit, where the number of ballots in precinct poll books did not match those of voting machine printout reports in 59 percent of precincts, 392 of 662.
According to state law, precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted. If that happens, original election results stand.
The Guardian reported Tuesday that, “Eighty-seven of Wayne County’s decade-old voting machines broke on election day, according to Detroit’s elections director, Daniel Baxter. He told the Detroit News, which first reported the story, that ballot scanners often jammed when polling place workers were trying to operate them. Every time a jammed ballot was removed and reinserted, he suspects the machine may have re-counted it.”
The whole city is broken down, why should the machines be any different?
In areas where an overwhelming number of people voted for Hillary Clinton, their votes may have been counted twice.
Daniel Baxter, elections director for the city of Detroit, said it’s unlikely all 392 of the city’s precincts with mismatched numbers will be disqualified from a recount. The city is in contact with elections officials at the state of Michigan and Baxter predicted the numbers will match when the ballot boxes are re-opened.
“It’s a challenge, but we’re confident the ballots will match,” Baxter said. “I don’t think it’s going to be 100 percent, but it never is with a recount.”
They will now face a state audit and we will hopefully find out if there was fraud. In any case,there are probably some popular votes for Hillary we can deduct from the total.
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