In 37 percent of Detroit’s precincts, voting machines registered too many votes in last month’s presidential election. The records from Wayne County indicate that 248 of Detroit’s 662 precincts registered more ballots than the number of votes tallied in the books at the polling places. 
 
As a result, Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson has called for an audit to look into irregularities in the electoral process in Detroit, according to the Detroit News. Hillary Clinton received more votes in Detroit and surrounding Wayne County than did Donald Trump. However, Trump defeated Clinton in Michigan by 10,704 votes.
 
Precincts in Detroit were among those that could not be counted during the recent abortive presidential recount because state law prohibits a recount if the number of ballots and votes do not match, unless a valid explanation can be determined. Michigan’s Supreme Court halted the recount on December 9. Discrepancies in 392 precincts in Detroit meant that they could not be recounted. Of these, two-thirds had too many votes, said the Detroit News.
 
“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. "This isn’t normal."
 
A breakdown of Detroit’s 662 precincts:
 
■236 precincts — 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

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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