According to Michigan State Department spokesman Jake Rollow, there have been isolated incidents of electronic poll books in Detroit, Michigan.
Rollow explained: Electronic voting books are portable computers that have a static download of the voter registration list. When voters arrive at their polling station, election officials register them in an electronic register to ensure that they are registered, in the correct constituency and that they have not already voted by mail. Polling stations have paper-to-paper backups to register voters.
Rollow said he’s heard “a few reports” that e-voting books in Detroit have dwindled, but “not that much.”
Detroit’s NAACP sent out a notice that some polling places were “experiencing computer problems,” but reminded voters to stay online as they can still register through a backup paper registry and vote with paper ballots.
Kristina Karamo, the GOP candidate for Michigan secretary of state, tweeted the misinformation Tuesday, saying there had been “fraud” and “crime” in Detroit because some voters who ran in their constituency were informed that they had already voted absent.
Former President Donald Trump previously echoed Karamo’s claim and said on his Truth Social account, “The mail-in voting situation in Detroit is REALLY BAD. People show up to vote only to be told “sorry, you already voted”. This is happening in large numbers, elsewhere as well. Protest, protest, protest.
But remember: Rollow from the Michigan Secretary of State’s office has already addressed this issue and said the issue has already been resolved.
Each constituency should have a paper backup of the voter registration list in case there are problems with the electronic ballot book, Rollow said. “Obviously it might take a little longer to search for someone on paper than it would on your computer, but that shouldn’t affect a voter’s ability to vote in any way.”
“There’s no reason to expect this to happen more broadly or in any way, you know, connected across jurisdictions,” Rollow said, adding that officials would look into the matter to s sure.
As of 8 a.m. local time, 2,016,147 absentee ballots had been requested in Michigan and 1,716,264 had been submitted, Rollow added.