Tuesday's Detroit primary a go after judge strikes down lawsuit

Tuesday's Detroit primary a go after judge strikes down lawsuit

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DETROIT (WJBK) -

A judge has cleared the way for Tuesday's primary election in Detroit. Opponents filed a lawsuit hoping to stop the election.

"We don't know what it is that the clerk is trying to hide from the residents of the City of Detroit, but we do have a right to know who the people are who are going to be tallying our votes," said Detroit city clerk candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon.

There was an emergency meeting of the Detroit Election Commission Monday morning, a rush to appoint and approve poll workers for Tuesday's primary.

However, Robert Davis said it's a cover up for something that should have been done weeks ago according to state law.

"There's no excuse for them having this meeting on an emergency basis the day before the election when it should've been held nearly 30 days ago," he remarked.

"The residents of Detroit deserve a fair and honest election, and why all the shenanigans we have no idea," Wilcoxon said.

A lawsuit filed by Davis and Wilcoxon said Tuesday's primary would violate multiple state election laws because poll workers were not approved 21 days in advance and were not properly certified.

"The application for each elections inspector should be available for public inspection. They were not available for public inspection, and they're not the properly state approved applications," Davis said.

Corporation council admitted the law was not followed, but in the end it didn't matter. Monday afternoon, a judge struck down the lawsuit, so the election will go on as scheduled.

Meanwhile, early voters flocked to the polls Monday, but not without problems.

"Why weren't seniors sent out their absentee ballots?" said Warren Gaither. "This is crazy. Here I am 80 years old, and I have to struggle to get a ballot."

However, no problems were worse than those of George Cunningham, who was left off the ballot altogether, even though he filed all the necessary paperwork and received a letter of certification from the clerk. His lawyer asked a judge to postpone the City Council At Large category on the ballot.

"The little guy has to be supported," said Todd Perkins. "People feel like I don't vote because my vote doesn't count, and these are points and times that these events happen that make people feel like my vote doesn't count."

A judge denied that motion Monday afternoon, saying the case should have gone to the Election Division. Cunnimgham's attorney will file a motion for reconsideration Tuesday morning.

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