Politics

More Votes Than Voters In Some Detroit Precincts

| by Ray Brown

There were more votes than voters in some Detroit precincts, according to one source.

The Detroit News report found that more than one-third of all Wayne County precincts registered more votes than they should have during the presidential election Nov. 8. In 248 of Detroit's 662 precincts, the number of ballots outnumbered the total number of registered voters in those precincts.

“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.

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly won Wayne County, beating President-elect Donald Trump 66 to 29 percent, according to Michigan Live.

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But Trump ended up winning the state of Michigan by approximately 10,704 votes, according to the Detroit News.

Chris Thomas, director of elections for Michigan, said the Bureau of Elections will audit 20 Detroit precincts.

“We don’t have any suspicion of fraud. We generally approach this as human error," Thomas said, according to the Detroit Free Press. "We’re going to take a look at them to make sure there’s not a need for further explanations. And we'll be talking with Detroit staff as well going forward."

Michigan will also undergo a statewide audit to explore allegations of voter irregularities.

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“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.

Sources: Michigan Live, Detroit Free Press, Detroit News / Photo credit: Max Ortiz/Detroit News

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