The State Board of Canvassers will now have up to 10 days to certify the Detroit mayoral election results after the Wayne County Board of Canvassers decided on Tuesday not to certify the results, Fox 2 News reported.
WJBK – The canvassers’s job was to meet in Detroit to examine the vote total and certify the election. On Tuesday the board decided it could not certify the election and has asked the state of Michigan to do it.
Statement from Benny Napoleon regarding voting discrepancies during the Detroit PrimaryElection:
“A citizen’s vote is the cornerstone of Democracy, and people should be able to put their faith in their ballot.
“This is no small margin of error. This is very troubling and I believe it is cause for Detroit’s General Election to be overseen by the highest authority – either the Federal Elections Commission or the Department of Justice. Detroiters need to know their votes count and is not predicated on someone’s actions or inactions. We must protect our most sacred right at all costs.”
Statement From Bryan Barnhill, Campaign Manager for Mike Duggan:
“Our opponents tried another dirty trick today and it didn’t work. To its credit, the Board of Canvassers unanimously refused to disenfranchise 18,000 Detroiters who properly cast their write-in votes for Mike Duggan. We’re confident the State Elections Division will certify the results of the election properly and make certain that all votes are counted.”
Regardless the official winner of the primary election, Napoleon and Duggan still will face off in the November general election.