Judge orders stop to Detroit primary election recount
3:37 PM, Aug 29, 2013
5:30 PM, Aug 29, 2013
(WXYZ) - A judge has ordered the Michigan Board of Canvassers to stop the retabulation of Detroit mayoral primary election votes, prohibiting the certification of the election.
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk issued a temporary restraining order to halt the election review process after a lawsuit was filed claiming that the Board went beyond the state constitution in their process of retabulating the write-in votes. The lawsuit was filed by Etta Wilcoxon who is a candidate for Detroit City Clerk.
The judge has set the case for a show cause hearing next Tuesday in Lansing.
The Michigan Board of Canvassers voted 4 to 0 to examine Detroit Mayoral write-in ballots a couple of weeks ago in an effort to certify the primary election after 18,000 write-in ballots were not included in the final count by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
In the primary, write-in candidate Mike Duggan won and Benny Napoleon came in second--putting them in a head-to-head battle in the November election to be Detroit's next mayor.
With those 18,000 write-in ballots in flux, Napoleon could turn out to be the true winner.