A witness to ballot-counting ‘irregularities’ in Michigan speaks out: Yes, it was that bad

A witness to ballot-counting ‘irregularities’ in Michigan speaks out: Yes, it was that bad
Detroit: A vote-center worker blocks mail-in ballot counting from view to frustrate observers. Twitter video

[Ed. – The challenger only had the one day to observe what he recounts – because Democrats wouldn’t even let their Republican counterparts into the building on 5 November.]

I was a poll challenger at the TCF Center in Detroit from dawn to dusk on November 4. The many bungled protocols and perceived bias against Republican poll workers were as eye-opening as they were concerning.

Oftentimes, a ballot must be duplicated because smudges, frays, or the use of a checkmark (in lieu of filling in the bubble) prevent it from being properly tabulated. … [O]ne election inspector will verbally call off the voter’s choices while another poll worker marks them in. The poll workers then reverse roles to double-check the accuracy of the selections. …

[T]his cross-check process “must be [done] by two election inspectors who have expressed a preference for different political parties.”

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Unfortunately, this was not the process I witnessed. In fact, one poll supervisor said that cross-checking with one Republican and one Democrat was not necessary if a third party (another poll worker) was present. …

I also noticed Republicans were often excluded—literally shoved aside in some cases—from observing the handling of original ballots.

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