According to a new report from The Detroit News, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers is asking Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson to investigate why 72 percent of absentee ballot precincts recorded totals that didn’t match the actual number of votes.
Per the Detroit News, in 46% of all Detroit’s precincts — absentee and Election Day — vote counts were out of balance, according to information presented Tuesday to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. Specifically, the number of ballots tracked in precinct poll books did not match the number of ballots counted.
The situation could amplify the spotlight on absentee ballots in Michigan ahead of an election for which record levels of mail-in voting are expected and President Donald Trump is already raising concerns about how votes will be handled.
GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel reacted to the news and tweeted:
72% of Detroit’s absentee ballot counts were off.
72% of Detroit's absentee ballot counts were off.
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) August 22, 2020