Optical ballot scanners in Michigan that malfunctioned on election night and may have counted votes twice were situated in heavily Democratic areas, meaning that any vote fraud in the state actually favored Hillary Clinton, not Donald Trump.
The revelation is buried in a Guardian article which discusses broken voting machines in Detroit and one-third of surrounding Wayne County, where Hillary Clinton won in a landslide;
“Eighty-seven of Wayne County’s decade-old voting machines broke on election day, according to Detroit’s elections director, Daniel Baxter. He told the Detroit News, which first reported the story, that ballot scanners often jammed when polling place workers were trying to operate them. Every time a jammed ballot was removed and reinserted, he suspects the machine may have re-counted it.”
In other words, in an area where the significant majority of people voted for Hillary Clinton, their votes may have been counted twice.
This means that Trump’s margin of victory in Michigan may be even larger than the 10,704 votes initially recorded.
The Guardian’s claim that, “Wayne’s population of 1,759,335 makes it the likeliest candidate to contain errors bigger than that margin,” suggesting that Hillary would have a chance of overturning defeat is a misnomer given that any vote irregularities would have been in her favor.
Meanwhile, in Wisconsin, after five days of the recount and over a million votes counted, Donald Trump has extended his lead in the state by 26 votes.
Trump lost 302 votes but gained 386 votes elsewhere, whereas Hillary Clinton lost 293 votes and gained 351 elsewhere.
In Pennsylvania, where a statewide recount now looks unlikely, Clinton has gained only five votes after the state’s two largest counties completed their recount.