The Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted Thursday to certify a recount of the Aug. 6 primary election — which only changed nine votes in the Detroit mayoral election. The board Thursday decided to dismiss all fraud charges alleged by primary mayoral candidate Tom Barrow. The panel’s action means former Detroit Medical Center CEO Mike Duggan still won the Aug. 6 primary with 52 percent of the vote despite losing nine votes and will face Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon, who received 30 percent of the primary vote, in the Nov. 5 general election. Melvin “Butch” Hollowell, attorney for the Duggan campaign, said the board did a thorough job, even going as far as hiring a handwriting expert. .
“All of Mr. Barrow’s allegations have come to nothing, just like it was four years ago and 24 years ago,” Hollowell said.
“Here we are almost three weeks later and almost $500,000 in tax money that’s spent, and the end result is Mike Duggan won the election by over 30,000 votes. … but it’s been a tremendous waste of time and taxpayer dollars.”
Barrow raised several issues, including challengers who claim to have seen similar handwriting on a number of ballots.