The findings of a Michigan recount for the 2022 midterm election, which included two ballot measures, revealed enormous errors, with a high percentage of the ballot bags and precincts not matching or unable to be recounted.
The America Project and The Election Integrity Force led the recount after almost no improvements were implemented following the presidential election in 2020, which was plagued by genuine claims of fraud. In an affidavit, forensic scientist Erich Speckin testified about what he saw when scrutinizing votes.
“When the ballot boxes or bags were opened, there were often extra seals or tags that had been placed on this box or that bag in earlier sealings that weren’t available or immediately apparent from the vote totals or from the ballot books or from any other location included within the materials as to when or why this box would’ve been opened up and resealed with another seal,” Speckin added.
The final study demonstrates how Michigan Sec. of State Jocelyn Benson did very little to ensure election integrity leading into the elections by revealing that 41.5 percent of the ballot boxes and 70.2 percent of the precincts were either not recountable or didn’t match.
“As the recount process began, workers recognized that it was critical to certify that all of the ballots counted came from the precincts where they were supposed to come from. However, as a part of the process, they wouldn’t allow anyone in multiple counties to even look at the front of the ballots to ensure, indeed, that the votes being tallied on the ballots were from the proper precincts by inspecting the front of the ballots,” Speckin explained.
“During the recount, the bag or box was first inspected to ensure there was no tampering or malfunctioning seals or zippers on the bag. If a defective seal, zipper, or seam on the bag was broken, no ballots were counted at all,” he stated.
“Likewise, if the amount of ballots in the bag didn’t match the tally that was submitted on election night, no count was undertaken to ascertain if the votes were close to the totals stated on election night… There was no investigation of the actual ballots in that bag to establish if they were remotely near or wholly different than stated on election night,” Speckin noted.