The counting of the mail ballots for the Aug. 4 primary election in Detroit was so chaotic in 72% of Detroit’s 503 precincts that the Wayne County Board of Tellers requested the intervention of Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
Detroit poll workers did not provide explanations for the causes of the mismatches that occurred between the number of registered voters and the number of ballots at the polls supervised by the board, The Detroit News reported on Aug. 24.
The mismatches “So inaccurate we can’t even attempt to make right,” said Monica Palmer, one of the four-person Wayne Republican board members in charge of certifying the quality of the vote counts.
According to the rules, when such discrepancies occur, the votes are not taken into account, causing great concern with the approach of the important presidential elections.
The situation becomes even more complex according to statements by Phill Kline, the director of The Amistad Project of the Thomas More Society, a national nonprofit organization.
According to Kline, Secretary of State Benson had greatly increased the use of absentee ballots through various measures and decreased the number of in-person polling places, without ensuring that the integrity of the ballots was protected, The Michigan Star reported.
Also, there is no assurance that voters will not be intimidated or coerced, nor can it be seen whether the intended voters are the ones casting ballots, or are they being impersonated by someone else, which requires verification of the signature, Kline added.
He also noted that Benson does not have the software he said he had to verify signatures on the ballots, and he does not adequately train poll workers.
Bob Cushman of the Michigan Republican Party pointed out other irregularities in the election process in the state.
Cushman said that several polling places, “had opened ballots with no poll book,” and that “pages [were] being inserted into several poll books,” and that orders were given to open the remaining ballots “for immediate tabulation without additional processing or notation,” Breitbart said.
One of the biggest difficulties with absentee voting is that each of the 50 states has its own procedures and regulations, in the absence of a national registration and voting system, noted the Strategic Culture Foundation.