Why more votes than voters?

Why more votes than voters?

Was fraud systemic in Detroit? Could be.

Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein's request for a recount of the Michigan didn't generate any change in the overall results.

But it may have resulted in a discovery of systemic vote fraud in Detroit, where Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton received 95 percent of the vote.

Records show that 37 percent of Detroit precincts had more votes casts than they had registered voters in the November election. Specifically, that's 248 suspect precincts out of the city's 662 precincts.

As a result of the finding, those precincts couldn't be included in the recently concluded statewide recount of the presidential vote.

President-elect Donald Trump narrowly won the state, collecting 47.5 percent of the vote to 47.3 percent for Clinton. That's a difference of 10,704 votes.

But the big question now is what happened in Detroit — and who is responsible.

Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson is planning to conduct an audit. But more ought to be made of the apparent fraud than just an audit.

Where are federal and state investigators on this matter? Aren't there grounds for opening up a full-scale investigation with the possibility of criminal charges?

There was considerable discussion about voting and the possibility of fraud in this year's presidential election. That was particularly so as some state's voting requirements, including the requirement to present identification, were debated.

Critics said efforts to safeguard the process were mere pretext to deny otherwise-eligible citizens the opportunity to cast a ballot. They further asserted that suggestions of potential fraud were made out of whole cloth — that, in effect, vote fraud simply doesn't happen.

Illinoisans know better, of course. This state's political history, particularly in Chicago, are replete with tales of ballot manipulation. But what happened in Detroit appears to be well beyond the lore on which Chicago's seedy reputation is based.

One-third of Detroit's precincts revealed exactly the same problem — more votes cast than voters registered. That raises the question of systemic fraud conducted by those individuals in charge of conducting the election.

Perhaps that's reading too much into the suspicious circumstances. But an investigation is required.

The election process is based on the integrity of the individuals who conduct the election. That can't be compromised. An explanation — and possibly much more — is due.

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CommonSenseless wrote on December 20, 2016 at 10:12 am

Voter fraud doesn't exist, trust me I'm with HER. Unless you are talking about Trump, then it was definitely fraudulent. Just don't go looking for any proof, I don't want you to find any of the fraud I swear isn't happening.

bb wrote on December 20, 2016 at 11:12 am


Some due diligence would be in order here. According to multiple sources, there were 782 more votes than voters in "248 precincts in Detroit where voting machines tabulated more Election Day votes than people who were counted as checking in to vote". People checking in to vote, NOT registered voters. That's about 3 votes per precinct.  There were also 382 votes that were never received from people who did check in. Sloppy poll procedures are probably to blame, and it's definitely worth further investigation, but cries of fraud?  I'd expect more from the News-Gazette.


Brad Cortright wrote on December 21, 2016 at 9:12 am

This has to be the most biased and incomplete opinion piece I have ever read in the N-G.  By all means, let's take the required actions to investigate accusations of voter fraud, but by focusing all your attention on relatively small issues with voting in Detroit, then you ignore the big picture across the entire country.  

Here is a much better example of a balanced journalistic analysis, "Fact-checking the integrity of the vote in 2016", http://www.politifact.com/truth-o-meter/article/2016/dec/17/fact-checkin...