Election officials feared the worst. Here's why baseless claims haven't fueled chaos

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Ballot counters process absentee ballots on Nov. 8 at Huntington Place in Detroit. The scene this year was much calmer than 2020, when protesters descended on Detroit and yelled for election officials to “stop the count!” Jose Juarez/AP

Jose Juarez/AP

In the days following the 2020 election, chaos erupted at the main absentee ballot counting center in Detroit.

“Stop the count! Stop the count!” people yelled as they banged on the windows that stood between them and the people trying to tally votes. Social

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