Auditing 'worst of the worst'
Three years later in 2016, election officials were unable to reconcile vote totals for 59% of precincts in Detroit during a countywide canvass of vote results. In 37% of precincts, Detroit tabulated more ballots than the number of voters tallied by workers in the poll books, according to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
The mismatched totals meant that those precincts couldn't be included in a recount.
Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein sought a recount in Michigan, where Republican businessman Donald Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton initially by more than 13,000 votes and eventually by 10,704 votes in the certified results. A recount was started statewide but eventually was halted and invalidated after judges ruled Stein was ineligible because she had no mathematical shot at winning.
The voting mismatches in Detroit prompted the Michigan Elections Bureau to audit 136 of the city’s most irregular precincts — what it called "the worst of the worst." The state found "an abundance of human errors" but "no evidence of pervasive voter fraud."
The votes in more than half of the precincts couldn't be balanced. An extensive review discovered 216 questionable votes that produced a net over-vote of 40 ballots.
Secretary of State Ruth Johnson, a Republican, ordered state elections officials to assist city election officials in making changes to poll worker training and recruitment efforts.
Winfrey predicted the audit would vindicate her but offered no public comment after its release. "We can't have that happen again," Duggan said at the time, adding that "Everybody in the city knows it was terrible."
The audit motivated several challengers against Winfrey in 2017.
Former Detroit NAACP executive director Heaster Wheeler, who now is assistant secretary of state under Benson, said Detroit needed recruiting, training and staffing improvements. The city needed "to do some things radically different," said Wheeler, who ran for city clerk in 2017 but didn't advance to the general election.
"People have to believe that their vote is going to be counted and that's my commitment, to ensure that every vote counts," he said.
Gilchrist was also pointed at the time in his criticism of Winfrey. "I don't think it should have taken the state of Michigan to tell the city clerk to serve the voters better," he said then.
After the 2016 election, some of the blame was pointed at volunteers who were older and slower, an attitude that doesn't help when recruiting more people to work at the polls, Bowens said.
"The clerk's job at some points is about inspiring an entire voting population," he said.
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