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Michigan To Audit Detroit Vote

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Michigan's elections bureau ordered an investigation into ballot discrepancies in a few of Detroit's voting precincts after a polling place where 300 people voted but only 50 were properly sealed in a container.

Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for Republican Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, said there were similar problems at approximately 20 of Detroit's 490 precincts, but that any difference will not affect President-elect Donald Trump's victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in Michigan, reports The Associated Press.

Clinton won 95 percent of the Detroit vote, but lost the state to Trump by about 10,000 votes. It's not clear how many total votes are being questioned in the 20 Detroit precincts that showed discrepancies.

Voting irregularities were reported across the state and lawmakers from both major parties in Michigan have called for an investigation to determine if any acts of fraud or negligence affected the vote.

"This needs to be done while memories are fresh in order to help devise a plan to eliminate such concerns for future elections," said Republican State Sen. Patrick Colbeck.

The Green Party's Jill Stein had already sued the state of Michigan to do a statewide recount, but federal judge Mark Goldsmith said she didn't have legal grounds for a recount.

"Rather, Plaintiffs' asserted right to a recount is just a restatement of her right to participate in a fair election, free from tampering or mistake,” Goldsmith wrote, according to CNN. “But, to date, Plaintiffs have not presented evidence of tampering or mistake. Instead, they present speculative claims going to the vulnerability of the voting machinery – but not actual injury.”

Sources: AP via Huron Daily Tribune, CNN / Photo credit: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

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