It may be hard to believe but the primary election in Detroit still is not settled. And today makes exactly one month since voters cast ballots for mayor, city council and city clerk. The Wayne County Board of Canvassers voted Thursday to recount ballots from Detroit’s August primary, based on a petition from former mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, who alleged fraud in the election process. It will be the fourth time ballots from Detroit’s mayoral race will be counted. Detroit elections workers counted the ballots initially, then workers from the Wayne County Elections Division verified the counts to try and certify the results. But the certification came from the Board of State Canvassers after the Wayne County board found issues they said called for state intervention.
… The board also approved recounts for the city clerk, for city council’s at-large seat, and city council districts 2, 3 and 7; the counting will begin Tuesday at Cobo Center. Outside of Detroit, the board approved recounts in the Hamtramck mayor’s race and a 2-year city council race. Those recounts will take place Monday in Hamtramck City Hall.
The board also sought to get numbers to determine how many absentee ballots were printed for the Detroit election, how many were applied for by residents and how many were received by city officials. Barrow, who came in fifth in the primary, also alleged that on election day, more than 100 people forged credentials to gain access as poll challengers under the group Citizens for Fair Elections. Barrow’s brother is president of the group.