Detroit Mayoral primary election certified, but questions and controversy still remain

DETROIT (WXYZ) - With a 4-0 vote, the State Board of Canvassers has certified the Detroit's Mayoral Primary.

But this will not end the controversy. 

7 Action News has learned a request for a Temporary Restraining Order was filed in Lansing to limit the certification to the vote count from Wayne County. That last-minute legal challenge failed. The judge in Lansing would not grand another Temporary Restraining Order.

The State Court of Appeals ruled Friday the Board of Canvassers could certify today in spite of a question over whether it was legal to open sealed canisters and look at tens of thousands of write-in ballots in almost 400 of the city's 600 precincts. 

By doing so, state elections officials made the count 48,716 for Mike Duggan, who ran as a write-in candidate, and 28,391 for Benny Napoleon. 

Both will face each other in the November election to be the next Detroit Mayor. The Wayne County tally had Napoleon winning over Duggan. 

Former candidate Tom Barrow has asked for a recount - alleging fraud. The recount will be done by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers. They will meet Thursday afternoon to start the process. 

The recount will have to be paid for by the people requesting it. It is $10 a precinct and since Detroit has 614 the cost would be $6140.

The process may take a couple of weeks.

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