State Board of Canvassers reviews Detroit mayoral primary votes

(WXYZ) - The Michigan Board of Canvassers voted 4 to 0 to examine Detroit Mayoral write-in ballots in an effort to certify the Primary Election. 

Michigan Elections Director Chris Thomas says this will mean opening sealed canisters and looking at the ballots in at least 179 Detroit precincts. 

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. 

However, 18,000 write-in ballots were not included in the final count when Wayne County Canvassers looked at certifying last week. Since that was not finished, the certification moved to the state level. 

Thomas says mistakes were made at the city level by poll workers not using hash marks to count write-ins, and at the county level by not looking at the actual ballots. 

The State Board of Canvassers has to be done with its work by next Tuesday and plans to work full days this week and possibly into the evenings through Friday before returning after the holiday weekend.  

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