Source: Shane Trejo
Big League Politics is in the process of revealing the #DetroitLeaks, which show the sort of voter trainings that are going on in the crucial battleground state of Michigan.
The news has not caught certain Republican leaders in the state flatfooted. State representative Ann Bollin of Brighton has been sounding the alarm about electoral integrity for months, and her agitating has resulted in a reform being passed that should alleviate some of the chaos on election day.
Bollin helped to push a key reform, Senate Bill 757, that was overwhelmingly approved by both legislative chambers and signed into law last week.
The new law allows individual precincts to be set up with absent voter counting boards. Two members of both major parties must be present at all times for the new process to be lawful. Poll challengers can be present as well. These boards can begin preparations a day before the election in order to streamline the process.
Under the new law, the pre-processing of ballots will begin on the Monday before the election from 10am to 8pm. This calls for only opening the outer envelope of the absent voter ballot, pulling it out while maintaining the secrecy of the ballot until election day. This will alleviate the strain from the windfall of absentee ballots that will need to be processed on election day.
Generally speaking, this will require more important and long overdue chain-of-custody recording of the ballots. This will include a count of an early-processed ballot, making sure they are not tabulated on the day before the election. They will have to be securely locked and sealed in order to be compliant with the law.
The absent voter counting board will count those ballots on election day after verifying the seal and then the processing will begin from there. The new law also calls for shift workers in an absent voter counting board. Different shifts will now be allowed so that poll workers are not incredibly exhausted and can remain more alert to supervise a process that could prove to be confusing and challenging.
However, Michigan Republican Party grassroots vice chair Marian Sheridan is worried that Michigan election workers, under activist Democrat leadership, may be violating election law knowing they will never be held accountable.
“It seems that they’re not putting any effort into balancing Republicans and Democrats. They really should be looking at applications and having a fair ratio of Republicans to Democrats. We have been putting applications out there for the past six weeks, and most of our applicants are being declined,” Sheridan stated.
Sheridan is concerned that state officials are not comply with MCL 168.674, a statute which states that “the board of election commissioners shall appoint at least 1 election inspector from each major political party and shall appoint an equal number, as nearly as possible, of election inspectors in each election precinct from each major political party.”
The city of Detroit is required to provide a list of all poll workers to the Wayne County Republican Party chairman. While that information has not been provided in the past, there has been an additional focus on getting receiving it before this election. Sheridan hopes to receive it within the next week and believes receiving this list is a high priority for the Michigan Trump victory team and the state GOP.
“There’s no effort that we have seen of a priority being made to have Republicans and Democrats at every polling location,” Sheridan said.
Bollin is encouraging activists not to become discouraged. In spite of the many institutional barriers, all conservative-minded people must become poll workers and poll challengers, she argues, so the ongoing color revolution plot against President Trump can be thwarted.
“We are becoming more and more convinced that outside forces are working to influence. They will do anything to ensure that Donald Trump is removed from the White House,” Rep. Bollin said during a Zoom call with Republican activists.
“Our elections are being hijacked and we need to make sure that we do everything we possibly can… We need a lot of foot soldiers working the polls,” she added.
The #DetroitLeaks have shown that poll challengers are being disenfranchised with COVID-19 social distancing guidelines and through threats of police intervention. Big League Politics will continue to post updates regarding this developing scandal.