While Jill Stein’s futile efforts in the recounts states won’t overturn the election, it has so far awarded President-elect Trump hundreds more votes in Wisconsin and has actually had an adverse unintended effect in Michigan, uncovering potential clear voter fraud in Detroit precincts.
According to reports, too many votes were recorded in 37% of Detroits districts. That means in over 1/3 of Detroit, voting machines counted more votes than there actual voters living there.
The Detroit News reports:
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. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.
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.
The problems were the worst in Detroit, where discrepancies meant officials couldn’t recount votes in 392 precincts, or nearly 60 percent. And two-thirds of those precincts 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,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
Considering Hillary Clinton won these precincts by wide margins, it’s likely that the discrepancy padded her vote totals in Michigan, which she lost to Donald Trump by 10,704 votes.