Witness on Verge of Tears Testifying About Intimidation, Harassment at Detroit Vote Processing Center

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Detroit local Jessy Jacob was on the verge of tears on Wednesday as she testified during a Lansing, Michigan, hearing about the intimidation and harassment she experienced while working as a ballot processor for Wayne County in the November election.

“They treated me like a criminal, humiliated me, harassed me,” Jacob said in her witness statement as she appeared alongside Trump campaign lawyers Rudy Giuliani and Jenna Ellis. “It was so bad.”

The public hearing was convened by the state’s Senate Oversight Committee after the state’s Board of Canvassers, made up of two Democrats and two Republicans, “unanimously asked this legislature to look into issues that have arisen in this election and to hear public testimony,” committee chair Sen. Ed McBroom (R-Vulcan) told those gathered at the proceedings.

“We are fulfilling the board’s request by holding this hearing,” he said. “We have a responsibility as legislators to ensure trust in voting results.”

Jacobs, a Detroit resident of 34 years, told the room that she had been marginalized by election officials on the morning of Nov. 4 because she refused to backdate absentee ballots, which according to state law, had to have been received by Nov. 3 at 9 p.m. to be counted.

“I couldn’t do anything, because when I am entering the ballot, I couldn’t lie about the date,” a distraught Jacobs said, after explaining that she had been told to enter ballots as received on Nov. 2 so that they could be counted.

She said she learned from another election worker that staff had been processing ballots all night, as fast as they could, at Detroit’s downtown convention hall, the TCF center, where much of the concerns over how absentee ballots were counted have been raised.

“So basically, what they were doing is entering all these ballots into the QVF (qualified voter file) so they can count these ballots—that’s what I thought.

“But they were not following the procedure,” Jacobs said, the most concerning of which was the opened ballot envelopes, with some having no postage stamp and a signature that didn’t match.

She told the hearing that according to the state manual for ballot processors, ballots once opened were to be immediately received and checked off against the polling book if verified by a signature match to accurately record the date received.

Then, there was the problem with the ballots. When she started processing her first ballot, she immediately noticed the ballot was invalid—it had been issued on Nov. 3 after the deadline for absentee ballot issuance, which was 4 p.m. on Nov. 2.

“So it was issued on Nov. 3, Election Day. It was issued, received, everything on Nov. 3. Then I checked whether that voter is newly registered. No, he was not registered on Nov. 3. He was registered sometime in 2010—ten years ago,” Jacobs said. “You are not supposed to issue absentee ballots on Election Day to already registered voters.”

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