Workers covered the windows to the absentee ballot count room at Detroit, Michigan’s TCF Center from public view on November 4, but chaos was erupting inside. Fox News correspondent Matt Finn reported.
Ballot count blocked and challengers removed
Windows were covered over and GOP challengers were removed during the absentee ballot count. “It led to some shoving matches or some fighting matches and that’s when police had to step in and escort people out of that absentee ballot counting room.”
The scene at Detroit’s absentee ballot counting center is growing more heated. The windows now being covered up. Allegations of violations. Sec. of State says she welcomes challenges. pic.twitter.com/oUL4A0h3Ku
— Matt Finn (@MattFinnFNC) November 4, 2020
It’s an astonishing turn in the most contested American election in over a century that poll challengers were led out by police after a heated disagreement that reportedly came to blows.
“There were some pretty tense moments inside of this room. Basically some poll workers or some of challengers told us that there was not an equal number of Democrats and Republicans in this room throughout the entire process,” Finn said.
The Detroit News Report sounded just like poll worker’s claims that both parties were beyond the legal maximum of 134 challengers with over 200 at the absentee ballot count from each side. An altercation began “when election workers told GOP challengers the party had hit its limit, some began shouting about the unfair process and lack of transparency. An unidentified election worker shouted back the group was at its maximum size.”
A different story
Republican challenger Nick Sinishtaj of Addison Township told a different story: “They’re escorting us out like bouncers for a nightclub,” he insists.
“When you walk in, they ask what party you’re affiliated with and as soon as you say GOP, they say, ‘Both are at capacity.’ Well, if that was the case, why did you ask what my party was in the first place?”
So, what do you get when you take an historic election that both the left and right view as an existential struggle and add inconsistently applied restrictions? You get the appearance of fraud and a stolen election in an age where American faith in the electoral process is already at its weakest. Gasoline, meet flame.
President Trump’s campaign responded to the video: “We need more transparency, not less.”
Transparency is the only cure for the crisis we find our selves in today. Sunlight is the best disinfectant they say. Only full transparency and a painstaking investigation of the election can salvage American’s faith in the validity of our elections.