There have been isolated incidents of e-poll books going down in Detroit, Michigan, according to Jake Rollow, a spokesperson for Michigan Department of State.
Rollow explained: E-poll books are laptops that have a static download of the voter registration list. When voters arrive at their polling place, election workers check them in on an e-poll book to ensure they're registered, in the right precinct, and haven't already voted absentee. Polling sites have hardcopy paper backups to check in voters.
Rollow said he has heard a "couple reports" that e-poll books in Detroit have gone down, but "not that many."
Detroit NAACP sent a notice saying there are some polling locations that are "experiencing computer glitches," but reminded voters to stay in line because they can still check in via a backup paper poll book and vote with paper ballots.
Kristina Karamo, the GOP nominee for Michigan Secretary of State, tweeted misinformation on Tuesday, claiming that there was “fraud” and a “crime” in Detroit because some voters who showed up to their precincts were told they already voted absentee.
Former President Donald Trump already picked up Karamo’s claim, and said on his Truth Social account, “the absentee ballot situation in Detroit is REALLY BAD. People are showing up to Vote only to be told, “sorry, you have 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 and said the issue had already been resolved.
Every precinct should have a paper backup of the voter registration list in case there are issues with the e-poll book, Rollow said. "It obviously could take a bit longer just to look somebody up on paper rather than looking them up on your computer, but it shouldn't impact a voter's ability to vote in any way."
"There's no reason to expect that it would be, you know, taking place more broadly or in any way, you know, connected across jurisdictions," Rollow said, adding that officials would look into the issue to make sure.
As of 8 a.m. local time this morning, 2,016,147 absentee ballots had been requested in Michigan, and 1,716,264 had been submitted, Rollow added.