By David Evans
I was deployed to Detroit as part of the Republican Lawyers effort to oversee a fair election process in Wayne County Michigan.
Here is what I witnessed.
1. The central counting board in Detroit did not allow sufficient Republican challengers in the room to oversee the ballot counting. Challengers are credentialed and have a legal right under Michigan law to be in the room to see that the ballots are properly counted. The Democrats placed rather unusual looking "police officers" to bar the door. I say unusual because their uniforms were not consistent. Some did not have badges and some were not well groomed.
We made repeated requests to have the waiting challengers be allowed in the room to do their jobs and we were ignored. The one time they came to the door they were arrogant and dismissive.
They placed cardboard on the windows so we could not see into the room.
The room had plenty of space. It is huge. There is no reason why the challengers could not social distance in the room. In any case, they all had masks.
2. They had a series of boxes in the county to drop off ballots. We went to the Westland City Hall to observe the unpacking and counting of these ballots. We were told that we could only sit in two places. One place was out in a hall where we could see nothing. The other place was in a room that had a high counter that we could not see over. We could see nothing. The counting was done by college kids. I inquired as to their political party and no one said they were there as Republicans.
3. In one polling place they allowed people to vote in their car. This is allowed but only if Republican and Democrat election workers oversaw the process to make sure it was actually the person voting. That was not done.
4. In more than one polling place Democrat challengers were talking with voters and assisting them to vote. This is not permitted under Michigan law.
5. There was electioneering and handing out literature within 100 feet of the entrance to a polling place.
Although this did not violate the election law, there were Black Lives Matter people in front of one polling place that was at a school. One of the young women had a badge that said "Fuck the Police."
I heard from others that there were incidents such as ballot box stuffing and physical intimidation and ballots appearing in the middle of the night but I did not see these incidents.
You may pass this on.
David G. Evans, Esq.
203 Main St. Suite 250
Flemington, NJ 08822