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Quote of Last Year: Democratic Voting Machines Broke Down in Detroit

2018-01-26

More than 80 voting machines in Detroit malfunctioned on Election Day, officials say, resulting in ballot discrepancies in 59% of precincts that raise questions about the reliability of future election results in a city dominated by Democratic and minority voters.

“This is not the first time,” adds Daniel Baxter, elections director for the city. “We’ve had this problem in nearly every election that we administer in the city of Detroit.” Baxter says that the machines were tested for accuracy before election day in accordance with state and federal guidelines, but that sometimes the machines “hit up against each other and malfunction” as they’re being transported to the precincts.

(This comes from Time magazine in a news piece by CHARLOTTE ALTER  on December 14, 2016)

(Illustration courtesy of pixabay.com)

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