State, Clerk: Duggan votes should have counted in election

Duggan and NapoleonMichigan’s top election official and Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey suggested today that mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s votes should have been counted in the final tally, an indication that the former Wayne County prosecutor will reclaim his victory in the Aug. 6 primary election.
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Next week, the Board of State Canvassers will retabulate about 18,000 ballots that local officials declined to certify because election workers used numerals instead of hash marks to count the votes. The retabulation is expected to take up to a day and a half.

Such an oversight was not egregious enough to throw out the votes of thousands of Detroiters, nor does it suggest any corruption, election experts said today.

Clerk Winfrey agreed and called it a disgrace.

“It is disturbing that one would attempt to disqualify any vote that is cast by the people, as it smacks democracy in the face, the very principle on which this country was founded,” a fired-up Winfrey said.

The Wayne County Board of Canvassers on Tuesday declined to certify the election because of questions about what to do with the 18,000 write-in votes that were tabulated with numerals.

Michigan Elections Director Christopher Thomas said the county dropped the ball.

“If the board was concerned with the hash marks being there, then they had the authority to look at those ballots and retabulate them,” Thomas said today. “They should have done that.”
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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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  • Rubber_necker

    For most clueless Detroit watchers, if it doesn’t happen on TV, it didn’t happen. Yet second hand accounts tell us that real Detroit politicking over the last forty years happens in the churches on Sunday mornings when corrupt politicians hook up with pulpit pimps and the anti-white race cards start flying. Whites are accused of various crimes and the politician positions himself as protector against these pillaging outsiders.

    Here is a quote from Sam Riddle to Benny Napoleon in a little racist rag called the Michigan Citizen giving Benny a nudge to get busy,

    ” Even as the rats are abandoning the Napoleon ship adrift in the political seas of Detroit, Benny can still flip the D-U-G-G-A-N primary to a Benny W-I-N, if Napoleon can create a drumbeat that is outside the audio reach of pollsters and expert pundits. Yep.

    You see, Benny, statistically significant numbers of white voters are not going to vote for you. Get it? Then don’t pander. Go to the real Detroit in a real manner real quick and don’t opt for sophistication. Create the drumbeat.”

  • Matt Ferguson

    Correction: Janice Winfrey is not Wayne County Clerk. That’s Cathy Garrett. Winfrey is Clerk for the City of Detroit.

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  • It smells like Tom Barrows threat of a recount flushed things out.

    • MrSyn

      Tom Barrow’s threat? LOL