Suspiciously, Detroit Had “Too Many” Votes in General Election


More votes than voters – in the counties where Hillary Clinton won.

In more than one-third of all Detroit, Michigan precincts following observation of post-presidential election results, voting machines registered more ballots than they should have according to Wayne County records. Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett presented reports that 37% of optical scanners in the city’s 662 precincts produced more ballot results than the actual tracking numbers.

Elections Director Chris Thomas says an audit will be implemented by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office to investigate the voting irregularities. It also turns out that during the statewide presidential recount in Michigan, precincts in Detroit and Wayne County could not be accounted for in the ruling. These are the counties Hillary Clinton pulled strongest in.

“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. “We’re assuming there were (human) errors, and we will have discussions with Detroit election officials and staff in addition to reviewing the ballots.”

Investigations will be ongoing in how the mistakes occurred. President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes (47.5%).

Here is a breakdown of the irregularities in Detroit’s 662 precincts:

■236 precincts in balance — equal numbers of voters counted by workers and machines

■248 precincts with too many votes and no explanation (77 were 1 over; 62 were 2 over, 37 were 3 over, 20 were 4 over, 52 were 5 or more over).

■144 precincts with too few votes and no explanation (81 were 1 under, 29 were 2 under; 19 were 3 under; 7 were 4 under; 8 were 5 or more under)

■34 precincts out of balance but with an explanation

Source: Wayne County Clerk’s Office

H/T:   Detroit News


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