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Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

“Stop the vote! Stop the vote!”

That was one of the chants outside Detroit’s TCF Center on Wednesday afternoon, where election workers were still hard at work counting the city’s absentee votes.

absentee ballot boxes in a large room
Sarah Cwiek / Michigan Radio

Election officials in Detroit and elsewhere are preparing to deal with challengers at the polls this week.

Election challengers are not new. They can work at polling place or absentee voter precincts. They can look at poll books, challenge a person’s eligibility to vote, and question the actions of election inspectors. They cannot engage voters directly, or make indiscriminate challenges.