The recounts in Wisconsin and Michigan are a colossal waste of time and money. The Michigan Attorney General is still attempting to stop the expensive recount which they believe will top $5 million. Stein will only pay $3.7 million and taxpayers are stuck with any amount over that.
There have been a number of reports that massive fraud has been uncovered in Michigan and Wisconsin. That hasn’t been proven but so far, Trump has picked up votes.
QUESTIONS IN MICHIGAN
There is an update which makes the rest of this null and void. A judge has ended the Michigan recount, agreeing that Jill Stein has no standing.
Federal judge drops order for vote recount in Michigan, effectively ending the process there. https://t.co/Y437eeaTMs
— The Associated Press (@AP) December 8, 2016
One-third of precincts in Wayne County could be disqualified from an unprecedented statewide recount of presidential election results because of problems with ballots, the Detroit News reported. That doesn’t necessarily mean voter fraud.
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.”
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 for the recount, which starts Tuesday in Wayne County at Cobo Center.
“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.”
Flint had a similar problem.
The Secretary of State’s office says, “Under state law, the precinct may not be recounted if the container isn’t sealed properly and the number on the seal doesn’t match the one recorded in the poll book. Also, the number of ballots in the container must match the recorded total. If the container isn’t sealed or the numbers don’t match, the precinct may not be recounted. The cause of a precinct not being recountable is almost always simple human error.” In such instances, the original vote count is used.
Only a few counties have started the recount. The Michigan Attorney General is still trying to stop the expensive recount.
Heavy posted the recounts in Oakland so far onto scrbd and they are interesting. The numbers to look at are the totals. Trump has lost 16,155, Clinton lost 18,939, and Stein lost 3,196 out of 6,396. How ironic!
As of now, we don’t know if there has been fraud.
WISCONSIN MIGHT HAVE ISSUES
As of Wednesday morning, the recount shows that Trump gained about 146 votes over Clinton, with 23 of the state’s 72 counties having finished, Fox News reported. Trump gained 105 votes and Clinton dropped 41 votes.
Trump officially won Wisconsin by over 22,000 votes in Wisconsin.
“We’re not finding any problems with the machines,” Reid Magney, a spokesperson for the Wisconsin Elections Commission, told Fox. “The Stein campaign wanted a recount because they thought there was some problems with our machines and that was not the case.”
You can view the tallies on this link.
There is a website called alexanderhiggins.com that is claiming potential fraud with differences in the thousands, favoring Donald Trump, but none of his links work and it can’t be verified.
Wisconsin is at the halfway point in counting. It they don’t finish by December 13th, they will lose their electoral votes in the final count as will Michigan.
Our earlier judgement still stands – for now. The entire effort is a colossal waste of time and money that could be better spent on Flint as one example, though Michigan needs to be watched. If it does uncover fraud, we’ll let you know.