Election notebook: Anti-Semitism at Michigan cemetery | Dearborn mischief | Civic move by Supino

November 03, 2020, 11:00 AM

Updates will be added through Tuesday night.

Desecration in Grand Rapids

Nasty pre-election spray painting hit a Jewish cemetery in Grand Rapids, where red letters on headstones spell out TRUMP and MAGA. The weekend vandals are unknown.

It's not Lil Pimp

A distinctly different Grand Rapids note comes from a Politico writer at President Trump's campaign-closing rally there at midnight Monday: 

'It's a trick!' -- Dana Nessel

This may not be today's last heads-up from Lansing about disinformation:

One text reportedly said a "typographical error" meant that people who back Joe Biden had to select President Trump instead, and vice versa.

Day-off pay at Supino

Supino Pizzeria alongside Eastern Market shuts today "to make sure our staff doesn’t have to make any difficult decisions about whether to take the day off," the Russell Street hotspot owned by Dave Mancini posts on Instagram.

"We think it’s important that every voice be heard. In the spirit of that philosophy, we’ll be paying everyone on staff for the equivalent of a shift. Get out and vote!"

Resist 'mind-hacking,' state warns

This unusual election in an unusual year brings an uncustomary warning from Michigan's secretary of state. Secretary of State Benson urges voters to "be vigilant against any and all attempts to 'hack' their minds with scare tactics and other attempts to lessen their faith or confidence in our elections."

This is among guidance at her agency's "Election Security Fact Checks" page:

Complete results will not be available on election night.

After polling places close on election night, jurisdictions across the state will begin to report voting results. However, in many jurisdictions, these results will only include the ballots voted in the polling places on Election Day, and not the jurisdiction’s absentee ballots.

This is because absentee ballots take much longer to process and count than the ballots that voters use at polling places, and are often counted in separate locations focused on processing them accurately and efficiently. Security checks must be performed, envelopes must be opened, and the ballots must be tracked, flattened and run through the tabulation machine. ... The Michigan Legislature provided clerks only 10 hours [to do that].

For this reason, complete, unofficial results from all jurisdictions will not be available in Michigan on election night, and it likely won’t be possible to determine winners in close statewide races on Election Night, either.

A Detroit News wiseguy tweets:

Hey now . . .

And at The Onion, mirthful mockery aims at our state:

Related today:

Visits by Trump and Harris Show Michigan's Key Election Role; Now Comes the Tense Part

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