“Detroit reports ‘huge improvement’ in balancing election ballots counted, cast”

Significant improvement from a rough 2016 baseline, reported in the Detroit Free Press:

In almost every precinct in Detroit, the number of ballots from the city’s most recent election matched the number of ballots recorded as cast in the poll book and tabulated. 

The results follow long-standing problems balancing precincts in the city that boiled over last year. When nearly three-quarters of the city’s precincts recorded unexplained discrepancies, it prompted protests outside Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey’s home and the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to ask state election officials to provide support ahead of the presidential election. 

When the board met Wednesday and unanimously certified the results of the Aug. 3 primary election, the canvass found that 594 out of Detroit’s 623 precincts — about 95% — were balanced.

The canvassers unanimously passed a motion to commend Detroit election officials for their work balancing the precincts. 

“I… want to thank you guys all for the huge, huge improvement,” said Monica Palmer, the Republican chair of the board. “Hat’s off to all.” 

High praise from Palmer after her reaction to the 2020 election.

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