Detroit poll watcher alleges vote counting computers at absentee ballot center were connected to the internet
By Arsenio Toledo // Nov 12, 2020

A sworn affidavit signed by a poll watcher in Detroit alleges that the voting machines used in the city to count absentee ballots may have been connected to the internet.


Former Republican State Senator Patrick Colbeck served as a poll watcher for the GOP at the TCF Center in downtown Detroit on Election Night. He was there until around 5 p.m. on Wednesday. The TCF Center was being used by the Wayne County Board of Elections as a counting center for absentee or mail-in ballots. (Related: “Glitch” in Michigan county gives Biden an extra 6,000 votes – similar anomalies found in 47 other counties.)

Computers with election software possibly connected to the internet through Wi-Fi

According to the affidavit, at around 11 p.m. on Election Night, Colbeck saw an icon pop up on the screen of one of the computers used to tabulate and adjudicate absentee ballots. Colbeck believes that this signified that the computer was connected to the internet.

“All it takes to confirm the connectivity status of a Windows computer is to roll the cursor over the LAN connection icon in the bottom right corner of the display,” stated Colbeck in his sworn affidavit. “When there is no internet connection, a unique icon showing a cross-hatched globe appears.”

Colbeck asked an election worker if the computers were connected to the internet. The man answered “No.” Colbeck said that he might have been misled. He asked the worker to scroll the mouse of a nearby computer to the bottom right of the screen to verify if the computer was connected to the internet, but this request was dismissed and the worker simply said “Trust me.”

When Colbeck reviewed the terminal screens of the nearby computers, he saw that they were both connected to the internet. He further attested that other poll challengers witnessed his observation.

Wanting to investigate the matter further, Colbeck proceeded to examine the physical cabling that connected all of the vote counting computers at the TCF Center. He was repeatedly told off by the center’s IT technician, who actively discouraged any close-up observation of their internet network. The ban on using smartphones also meant that Colbeck was unable to take too many photographs of the vote counting center’s setup.

While Colbeck did not find any observable wired ethernet connections for the vote counting computers, he did notice that there were two wireless routers set up and broadcasting in the area with networks called “AV_Counter” and “CPSStaff.” Colbeck said that these two wireless networks were of sufficient signal strength to be accessed by the computers.

While he was unable to fully confirm if the computers were connected to the internet, he believes that a “security incident” that occurred at the TCF Center at 10 a.m. on Election Day may have been caused by one of the vote counting hardware being connected to the internet via Wi-Fi, either accidentally or intentionally.

In an email to The Epoch Times, Colbeck said:

“The fraud and blatant disregard for chain of custody observed at the Detroit Absentee Voter Counting Board may be responsible for well over the 146,123 votes currently promoted by media outlets as the Biden margin of victory in Michigan, not to mention the margin in favor of [Democrat Gary Peters] in the U.S. Senate race.”

A multitude of other concerns were raised regarding the tabulation and certification of mail-in ballots at the TCF Center. One poll challenger said he was being unfairly restricted from observing the vote-counting process. Another person alleged that batches of absentee ballots arrived late but were still being counted. Yet another said that early voters were being encouraged to cast their ballots for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden.

Multiple allegations of voter and election fraud have been witnessed and brought forward to the courts in Michigan and other battleground states like Pennsylvania, Nevada and Arizona. Learn more about the recent developments by reading the latest articles at

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