Judge to hear allegations of voter fraud in Dearborn Heights

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (WXYZ) - Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Colombo will hold a hearing Wednesday to address how to handle alleged voter fraud in Dearborn Heights. 

Representative David Nathan’s campaign asked a judge for an injunction that would delay the counting of ballots in Dearborn Heights until the allegations are investigated. 

A staff member for Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Judge Robert Colombo said the judge may issue an order delaying the counting of the ballots, but it was not yet decided as of 6:00 p.m. Tuesday. Judge Colombo did schedule a hearing for nine Wednesday morning to address the issue.

Monitors from the Michigan Secretary of State’s office were at polling locations in Dearborn Heights on election day to make sure everyone was treated fairly. They reported no problems.

Before the election the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee filed a complaint with the state Bureau of Elections. It says the city clerk delayed delivering absentee ballots to voters with Arab-American-sounding names.

Michigan's Department of State said it appears hundreds of absentee ballot requests were illegally handled, it is being investigated, and there might be criminal charges.

Dearborn Heights Clerk Walter Prusiewicz resigned, but that's effective later in the month.

Prusiewicz also reported his own suspicions about possible election fraud to authorities. He denied any involvement in anything illegal.

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