“Trump’s lying to you.”
“There’s no such thing as voter fraud.”
“Trust the process.”
“We’ve got this.”
“Mail-in-ballots are a perfectly safe way to vote.”
If these lines sound familiar, it’s because they’re regularly repeated by Democrat lawmakers and their allies in the media to assuage any fears American voters may have about mail-in-ballots.
So, what’s the truth about mail-in-ballots? How do we know if they’re all legit—and if they aren’t, who’s going to stop them from being counted?
President Trump won the formerly blue state of Michigan in 2016 by only 10,704 votes. It was the first time in 28 years that a Republican presidential candidate won a general election. There’s a very good chance, however, that Trump could have lost the state of Michigan, had it not been for Marian Sheridan of the Michigan Conservative Coalition.
At the request of the MI GOP, Sheridan was able to recruit over 25 last-minute volunteers who were willing to give up an entire day to help oversee the counting of absentee ballots in Wayne County. Many of the GOP volunteers Sheridan recruited were shocked to discover the number of illegitimate ballots they discovered. Poll challengers identified almost one thousand illegitimate absentee ballots in Wayne County were rejected from the final count. (Remember, Trump only won the state of MI by over 10K votes)
If Michigan’s primary election is any indication of how things will go in November’s general election, the state of Michigan is in a lot of trouble!
The Detroit News reported that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office announced last Friday that 10,600 absentee ballots were rejected during the state’s August 4 primary. Of the rejected ballots, Benson’s office reported, “846 were not accepted because the voter was dead.”
More than 6,400 of Michigan’s 10,600 absentee ballots rejected Aug. 4 were turned away because they arrived after Election Day, Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office said Friday.
Another 2,225 ballots were discarded because there was no signature on the envelope; 1,111 were rejected because the voter moved; and 846 were not accepted because the voter was dead, according to data from Benson’s office.
Those individuals listed as dead or moved include voters who died or moved out of the jurisdiction after submitting their absentee ballots, Benson’s spokeswoman Tracy Wimmer said. The state gets monthly updates from the Social Security Administration regarding new Michigan deaths so officials can identify ballots filed by people who have since died.
The number of deceased voters is actually less than the November 2016 election, when 1,782 absentee ballots were rejected because the voter had died in an election that had 400,000 fewer absentee ballots than the Aug. 4 primary.
The total of 10,694 ballots rejected Aug. 4 take on special significance in Michigan, where President Donald Trump won by a margin of 10,704 votes in November 2016 — his slimmest margin nationwide.
The development came a day after The Detroit News reported that the U.S. Postal Service has warned Benson that Michigan’s mail delivery timelines pose “significant risk” to ballots sent too close to Election Day and that could lead to their disqualification.
Detroit News reports – The board charged with certifying election results in Michigan’s largest county is asking Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson’s office to investigate after problems with tracking ballots in Detroit’s primary, which one official described as a “perfect storm.”
Counts for ballots in about 72% of Detroit’s absentee voting precincts for the Aug. 4 primary election were out of balance without an explanation, according to information presented Tuesday to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. The number of ballots tracked in precinct poll books did not match the number of ballots counted.
The election results weren’t incorrect, said Jonathan Kinloch, a Democrat and one of the canvassing board’s four members. But, he said, something had gone wrong in the process of tracking ballots precinct by precinct.
Having balanced precincts is particularly important in Michigan because precincts whose poll books don’t match with ballots can’t be recounted, according to state law. Instead, the original election results would stand.
“It was a perfect storm,” Kinloch said.
The “storm” involved a record number of absentee ballots being cast in Michigan’s primary and seasoned election workers not feeling it was safe to help with administering the election because of COVID-19, he added.
The Wayne County board is asking Benson, a Detroit resident, to investigate “the training and processes used by the City of Detroit” in the primary election. The board also requested that the first-term Democrat appoint a state monitor to oversee the counting of absentee ballots in the general election.
The problems with the Detroit’s numbers in the Aug. 4 primary included ballots being put in the wrong tracking containers, said Monica Palmer, one of the Republican members of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
“It was so inaccurate that we can’t even attempt to make it right,” said Palmer, chairwoman of the board.
Detroit Clerk Janice Winfrey said the vast majority of the absentee voting precincts in the city were less than three ballots off, plus or minus. Being off by three or fewer is allowed, Winfrey said — but it’s unclear what policy she was referring to.
Similar things happen in every election, she added, and they’re the result of a labor-intensive process and people making mistakes after working 20 hours in a day.
Detroit’s voting problems in 2016 led to a Michigan Bureau of Elections audit of 136 of the city’s most irregular precincts, which found an “an abundance of human errors” but no evidence of “pervasive voter fraud.” There were 216 questionable votes that resulted in a net overvote of 40 ballots — or 40 more ballots cast than voters.
As if the news about absentee voting in Michigan isn’t bad enough…Wayne County has opted to use $100,000 in federal money designated for local municipalities dealing with COVID-related issues, to buy DROP BOXES for ballots!
Detroit Free Press – Wayne County Commissioner Monique Baker-McCormick (D-Detroit) is in favor of the decision to put 60 drop boxes throughout the county to accept absentee ballots ahead of the Nov. 3 general election.
Baker-McCormick expects 50 of the drop boxes to be in Detroit. The drop boxes would be in libraries, firehouses, and community centers.
Absentee voters still will have the option to mail in their ballots. Baker-McCormick said fewer hands also would touch ballots because voters would put the ballots directly into the drop boxes throughout the county.
“Clerks and Detroit municipalities make them secure and would pick up the ballots from each location,” Baker-McCormick said. “They will know that their ballot is secure and only touch their hand and the clerk’s hand.”
Who will be monitoring the drop boxes to make sure there aren’t any shenanigans?