We have a serious voting problem…
Reports coming out of the Detroit election recount have shown that, in more than one-third of the precincts, there were more ballots cast than voters who showed up to vote…
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. [Full article]
Furthermore, state records show that 10.6% of precincts within the recounting counties (22 in total) were disqualified from the recount due to broken seals or the aforementioned voter/ballot imbalance.
This is not isolated to Detroit.
During the primary election in Texas, it was discovered that these same imbalances occur in most counties. Such errors were likely decisive in many Hill County races:
the problem is even worse than was initially believed. While Hill County had reported 9038 votes cast by only 7518 voters, combination forms produced by the county reveal only 7295 voters signed in to vote at the polls. The records also indicate that one voter voted four times and eight voters voted twice.
Compounding the Hill county problem is that the electronic election systems, run by Election Systems and Software, malfunctioned and gave the wrong totals. However, since these revelations came out after the election was certified, they won’t release the official numbers and no further action can be taken.
What can be done about it?
The core issue is that there are not enough internal safeguards to oversee and audit election results. Adding up the number of ballots cast and voters logged in should be a basic function of election judges and it should be verified at each link in the chain. This is no different than balancing the cash drawer when you’re getting off shift.
Nobody is effectively monitoring many of these elections and that needs to end.
For more information about the problems in Texas, and some of the proposed solutions, check out the work Direct Action Texas has done in uncovering Voter Fraud and irregularities: click here