Biden Gets 130,000 Votes, Trump Zero in MichiganAround 5 a.m. on Nov. 4, data firm Decision Desk HQ updated the vote count for Michigan, adding 138,339 votes to former Vice President Joe Biden, but zero to President Donald Trump. The statistical impossibility of such a scenario prompted people to speculate that votes were illegally injected into the tally.
At 5:54 a.m. and 6:05 a.m., the firm posted two more updates for the Michigan race that didn’t appear to show anything unusual.
That is still an exceptionally high ratio.
Dead People Voting in DetroitOne Twitter account claimed that more than 14,000 dead people voted in Wayne County, Michigan, which includes Detroit. But there were several issues with the claim.
The source provided in the tweet is a list of what appears to be 14,550 registered voters in Wayne County with birth dates between 1901 and 1920.
It appears that only a fraction of the people on the list actually voted, however. The Epoch Times cross-referenced about 30 randomly chosen entries from the list with the state’s publicly accessible voter index data and found only three of them requested, sent, and returned their absentee ballots this year. All three were born after 1918 and none of them was listed as deceased in the Social Security Death Index, through online search on GenealogyBank.
Michigan’s messy voter rolls are nothing new.
The Public Interest Legal Foundation (PILF) found earlier this year more than 34,000 deceased people listed as “active” in the Michigan voter registry. Among those, 201 appeared to have voted after death in the 2016 and 2018 elections, according to the right-leaning election watchdog.
“The data to credibly determine how much of a problem there was in 2020 isn’t available yet,” PILF spokesman Logan Churchwell told The Epoch Times via email.
Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for the Michigan Secretary of State, indicated that even if somebody tried to vote on behalf of a deceased person, the vote would be rejected.
“Ballots of voters who have died are rejected in Michigan, even if the voter cast an absentee ballot and then died before Election Day,” she told The Epoch Times via email.
“On rare occasions, a ballot received for a living voter may be recorded in a way that makes it appear as if the voter is dead. This can be because of voters with similar names, where the ballot is accidentally recorded as voted by John Smith Sr when it was actually voted by John Smith Jr; or because of inaccurately recorded birth dates in the qualified voter file; for example, someone born in 1990 accidentally recorded as born in 1890. In such scenarios, no one ineligible has actually voted, and there is no impact on the outcome of the election. Local clerks can correct the issue when it is brought to their attention.”
She said the data isn’t yet available for how many votes were rejected this election for the reason that the listed voters have passed away.
Dead People Voting in PennsylvaniaOne Twitter user claimed, based on absentee ballot data and the voters’ dates of birth, that many dead people have voted in Pennsylvania. The linked database showed over 1,500 voters aged 100 or more. About 100 of them appeared to be faulty records, such as showing the date of birth as Jan. 1, 1800. The rest appeared as plausibly legitimate votes, given there were about 2,500 centenarians in Pennsylvania, based on the 2010 census.
Poll Workers Filling Out Ballots in PennsylvaniaSeveral videos that were widely circulated online showed poll workers in Pennsylvania’s Delaware County filling out empty ballots.
County officials commented on one of the videos, saying a worker was copying damaged ballots so they could be processed by automatic ballot scanners. They said poll watchers from both major parties were observing the process.
The statement said that some ballots were damaged by machines that automatically open them.
“According to the [ballot] scanner manufacturer, Hart, the best practice to deal with damaged ballots that cannot be scanned is to transcribe the votes on each ballot to a clean ballot and scan the clean ballot,” it said.
“In accordance with that guidance, the Chief Clerk of the Delaware County Bureau of Elections instructed elections staff to manually transcribe the damaged ballots. As ballots were being transcribed, the original damaged ballots were directly beside the new ballots and bipartisan observers witnessed the process at close range. Damaged ballots have been preserved.”
Contested ResultsThe Trump campaign said it has collected evidence of thousands of improperly cast votes, including some Trump supporters’ votes, not being counted. It has also complained that its poll watchers were prevented from meaningfully observing vote counting in some states. The campaign has filed lawsuits in multiple states to address the issues.
In addition, Georgia and Wisconsin, where Biden leads by tight margins, are headed for recounts.