Appeals court rules Detroit primary election certification process can continue

(WXYZ) - A panel of judges for the Michigan Court of Appeals has denied a judge's order to stop the certification process of Detroit mayoral primary election by the State Board of Canvassers. 

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk issued a temporary restraining order this week 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.

After the appeals court ruling, the process can now continue and election certification is scheduled for this Tuesday. 

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.


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