Detroit City Clerk shows how she’s preparing and pleading for help for the November election

Posted at 6:43 PM, Aug 26, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-26 18:43:43-04

DETROIT (WXYZ) — Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey spent today looking at locations for early absentee voting centers.

She says the city usually has 7, but with the record turnout expected in the November election, she plans to open 27.

She’s been under fire after the primary this month when counting the vote ran into the next day and polling workers failed to show up.

She gives us this plea, “Please help. If you’re at home furloughed and you’re professional we need you. If you’re a teacher and decided you’re not going back into the classroom we need you.”

Mayor Mike Duggan also says he will assign members of his staff to assist as needed by the clerk on election day.

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson who has oversight of elections statewide has predicted a record turnout in November and a record number of absentee and mail-in ballots.

She has already said she will have extra staff to assist at polls but will have more to announce next week.