Voting Irregularities In Detroit Spur New State Audit

Michigan’s Secretary of State just called for an audit because of wide-spread voting irregularities in Detroit.


On Monday, Michigan’s Secretary of State Ruth Johnson called for an audit because of wide-spread voting irregularities in Detroit.

According to The Detroit News,

“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.”


Last week, a statewide recount began in Michigan. But it was determined that one of the state’s largest voting areas couldn’t be recounted. Detroit had so many voting irregularities that it was impossible to get an accurate count. By Friday, the Michigan Supreme Court halted the statewide recount.

But those same irregularities that shut down the recount are also the thing that spurred the audit.

“The recount problems were the worst in Detroit, where discrepancies meant officials couldn’t recount votes in 392 of the city’s 662 precincts, or nearly 60 percent. State law that bars recounts for unbalanced precincts or ones with broken seals.

Democrat Hillary Clinton overwhelmingly prevailed in Detroit and Wayne County. But Republican President-elect Donald Trump won Michigan by 10,704 votes.”

A good example of the irregularities was found in Wayne County. One precinct had 306 ballots listed in a poll book. But the ballot box only contained 50.

“City officials have told state officials that ballots in that precinct were never taken out of a locked bin below the voting machine tabulator on Election Day, said Secretary of State spokesman Fred Woodhams.”

Hillary overwhelmingly won Detroit. So odds are, most of the uncounted votes are for her. At this point it’s unclear how many votes they will find in the audit. But she only needs around 10,000 to flip the state.