muckraker report

Voter irregularities spotted in Detroit ahead of election

Frank Murphy HallJamie Fields, a candidate for the Detroit Police Commission, began scouring the list of registered candidates in his district when he spotted some eyebrow-raising irregularities.

Four registered voters, for example, are listed as living at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice downtown. Stranger yet, their names are Samul Ehpone Moore, Bulust Oust, Dan Ono and Tan Ono.

State law requires people to be registered at their primary residence.

So Fields, an attorney and former deputy police chief of the Office of Civil Rights, was concerned when he also saw people registered to vote at the downtown police headquarters and a juvenile center.

“No on is registered at the morgue on Warren, though,” Fields half-joked.

Fields is running in the fifth district, which stretches north from downtown to the Dexter-Linwood area.

While the irregularities are relatively small, they raise questions about what other errors may be on voter rolls.

Steve Neavling

Steve Neavling lives and works in Detroit as an investigative journalist. His stories have uncovered corruption, led to arrests and reforms and prompted FBI investigations.

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  • John T. Feret

    It would be interesting to check and see when these were registered and their voting history. My bet is they have quite a stellar voting record, and are quite consistent across the board.

  • Tom Barrow

    Congratulations to him as he has uncovered even more evidence of incompetence because he was micro specking the rolls in his District. I have been telling you about the unprofessionalism, inaccurate and poor records at the Clerks office up to as late as June 11, 2013.

    The City Clerk’s Election’s Department staff in 2009 was caught trying to fraudulently create a list of second ballot box seals which led to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers final ruling that some 59,961 ballots could not be recounted, including 100% of the 41,215 Absentee Ballots in a contest where only 9,501 would change the your heard her have altered the outcome;

    “On June 11, 2013, we have uncovered massive irregularities and discrepancies including 137,000 voters who have not voted in over 15 years,; 14,000 voters who registered to vote on January 1, 1900 making them some 133 years old; 87,137 voters who registered to vote on October 10, 2000…another impossibility; multiple dead registered voters; multiple duplicate registrants. This all makes for a fraudulent and unreliable election.”

    Ms. Winfrey has now also demonstrated a ineptness, biasness, political leaning and has mismanaged the administration of what should be an objective City elections operations. He unprofessionalism has been exposed now in the wake of two Court’s (4 judges) rejection of her stewardship by ruling against her department and its poor judgment”.