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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Election hack? 37% Detroit precincts report more votes than voters

We really need to do a comprehensive check into election "hacking" and include with it a review of voter fraud.

Especially in Detroit, a Democratic stronghold for decades, The Detroit News reported.

More than a third (37%) of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they have voters within their precinct according to Wayne County records. 

The office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett reported that optical scanners at 248 of the city's 662 precincts tabulated more ballots than voters tallied by workers in the poll books. In fact, these irregularities have ignited plans for an audit by the Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson's office, according to Chris Thomas, the Elections Director for the Michigan.

Hillary Clinton kicked butt in Detroit and Wayne County, and this may be the reason why. However, Donald Trump won the state by only 10,704 votes (47.5% to 47.3%).

State records indicate that 10.6 percent of the precincts in the 22 counties that began the retabulation process could not be recounted due to state law that prohibits recounts for unbalanced precincts or ones with broken seals. The problems were the worst in Detroit because the discrepancies meant officials couldn't recount votes in 392 precincts, and of those, two-thirds had too many votes.

"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," Krista Haroutunian, chairperson of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers said. 

As a result, officials are planning to examine about 20 precincts where ballot boxes were opened during the recount and had fewer ballots than poll workers had recorded on Election Day. 

"We're assuming there were human errors, and we will have discussions with Detroit election officials and staff in addition to reviewing the ballots," Thomas said.

Republican state senators called for an investigation in Wayne County, including one precinct where a Detroit ballot box contained only 50 of the 306 ballots listed in the poll book.

So it looks like more than just Russians may have been involved with interfering with this election. I can't wait to find out the results of the audit.