Jill Stein’s effort to obtain a voter recount in Pennsylvania, Michigan and Wisconsin spiraled Monday into a steaming, gloriously hilarious heap of wasted cash. While federal judges in Pennsylvania and Michigan blocked the Green Party’s request for a recount following last month's presidential election, citing a complete lack of evidence that anything funky had been going on during the states’ election processes, the Wisconsin recount actually went through – and ended up handing Donald Trump a few more votes than before Stein’s little stunt.
Three states, $7 million wasted, and absolutely no evidence of election hacking or corruption that would’ve swayed the election in Trump’s favor.
Hilariously, before Michigan's recount was halted by a judge just three days into the effort, officials did find evidence of potential voter fraud in one particular area – Democrat-led Detroit.
According to the Detroit News, election officials found at least 37 percent of Detroit's precincts recorded more actual votes than the number of voters who showed up at the polls on Nov. 8. The widespread discrepancy has now led to an audit to figure out the extent and cause of the problem.
The Detroit News reported:
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. Voting irregularities in Detroit have spurred plans for an audit by Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s office, Elections Director Chris Thomas said Monday.
“There’s always going to be small problems to some degree, but we didn’t expect the degree of problem we saw in Detroit. This isn’t normal,” said Krista Haroutunian, chairwoman of the Wayne County Board of Canvassers, according to the report.
Hilariously, Detroit voted 95 percent in favor of Hillary Clinton on Nov. 8, representing one blue area in a state that ultimately went to Trump by just 10,704 votes. The discrepancies between votes cast and the number of voters tallied by poll workers was so bad across so many precincts that those areas couldn’t even be included in a recount, the Detroit News added.
So while Michigan as a whole didn’t have enough evidence of voter tampering to convince a judge to go through with Stein’s recount, it looks like at least some areas had plenty of questionable voting problems.
Just not the areas Stein was hoping for.