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Thursday, November 17, 2005
  Donk's and voter fraud. Two things that just go together
Detroit votes don't add up - 11/16/05: "DETROIT--The city's regular election audit has found some 30 percent of voting precincts in the Nov. 2 election have discrepancies in vote tallies, according to the city's canvass, which is continuing.

And according to a state elections official, the city is finding sealed ballot boxes that have not yet been counted, including one found Tuesday.

Changes to the city's vote counts will occur by the end of this week or early next week because of errors and found ballots, said Michigan Director of Elections Chris Thomas. But the changes are not expected to affect vote tallies in any significant way, said his spokeswoman, Kelly Chesney.

In addition, because of the problems with the election, Detroit Director of Elections Gloria Williams said she wants to conduct a hand recount of some precincts to ensure the validity of the machine results.

But Thomas said that is not the normal procedure and he does not see the necessity for it; the state will look into it.

Meanwhile, in a contentious exchange, City Clerk Jackie Currie and Williams told Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land that because absentee ballots are being held by the state for possible investigation by the FBI, the city may not be able to finish its regular audit of the election on time. State law requires the audit to be completed by Nov. 21. At that time, city election results become finalized.

Land drove to Detroit's elections department to observe Tuesday's Board of Canvassers meeting. She and Thomas told the board that they do not feel comfortable moving absentee ballots to the city elections department for the audit. City canvassers must come to the state office in the New Center area, where the elections department is also located, to perform the review of ballots required to account for discrepancies in vote tallies found so far, Thomas and Land said.

'Don't expect the canvass to be completed on time,' Williams said"
 
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