Trump received 1,405,284 votes – 22,748 more than Clinton.
Meanwhile, in Michigan, more votes were tallied in the Detroit area than there were people who voted. Coincidentally, the Detroit area voted heavily for Clinton.
Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.
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.
Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly prevailed in Detroit and Wayne County. But Republican President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes or 47.5 percent to 47.3 percent.
Overall, state records show 10.6 percent of the precincts in the 22 counties that began the retabulation process couldn’t be recounted because of state law that bars recounts for unbalanced precincts or ones with broken seals.
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.
State officials are planning to examine about 20 Detroit precincts where ballot boxes opened during the recount 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.
The Detroit News last week was first to report that more than half of Detroit would be ineligible for the recount because of the irregularities. The results were based on county reports obtained by The News.
Republican state senators last week called for an investigation in Wayne County, including one precinct where a Detroit ballot box contained only 50 of the 306 ballots listed in a poll book, according to an observer for Trump.
Likely Explanations for Detroit Vote Tally
- Russians hackers infiltrated Detroit ballot machines, skewing the totals to make things look bad for Hillary while secretly stealing her votes.
- Russian sympathizers supervised the elections in Wayne Count, purposely not tallying people who did vote.
- Russian sympathizers counted the ballots and tallies of the people who voted.
I strongly suspect it’s a combination of all three. It’s long been known that Wayne County and the Detroit area harbor tens of thousands of Russian foreign agents. Where else would they want to be? Washington? Perish the thought.
I can think of no other logical possibilities other than a remote 0.1% chance that Democrats want a recount except where the fraud was: In Detroit, extremely likely to be heavily in favor of Clinton.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock