“Records: Too many votes in 37% of Detroit’s precincts”

More evidence election administration in Detroit is a national embarrassment:

Voting machines in more than one-third of all Detroit precincts registered more votes than they should have during last month’s presidential election, according to Wayne County records prepared at the request of The Detroit News.

Detailed reports from the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett show optical scanners at 248 of the city’s 662 precincts, or 37 percent, tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an auditby Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.

I don’t suspect malfeasance, but rather incompetence.

There needs to be an audit. There needs to be better training. And there needs to be rolling out of better voting equipment, which I know is planned.

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