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Michigan: Handful of Detroit Write-in Ballots Questioned PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Marisol Bello, Free Press Staff Writer   
December 14, 2005
This article appeared in The Detroit Free Press on December 13, 2005.

Raising concerns of vote tampering, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers is investigating a small number of ballots in Detroit's election last month that appear to have been filled in by the same person.

On Monday, day five of its recount of the Nov. 8 election, the board examined eight ballots challenged by mayoral candidate Freman Hendrix. The ballots appeared to contain similar handwriting. About 15 ballots in the precinct could be affected, overall, observers and election officials said.

The ballots, cast in District 7, Precinct 72, on the city's east side, were filled out for write-in candidates in the mayoral, City Council, clerk and Board of Education races. One ballot was a write-in vote for the late Coleman Young for mayor. At least one other ballot was marked for Hendrix and several more for Kilpatrick.

The board is to inspect the ballots more closely at a Thursday hearing and decide whether the ballots will be recounted.
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Michigan: Not Every Ballot May Be Recounted PDF  | Print |  Email
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By Marisol Bello, Detroit Free Press   
December 08, 2005
This article was published in The Detroit Free Press. In accordance with Title 17 U.S.C. Section 107, this material is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes.

As many as 32,000 ballots cast in Detroit's November election may not be included in a hand recount expected to start Thursday or Friday. Under state law, precincts that are not in balance - those where the number of ballots cast do not match the number of voters logged in at each precinct - will not be included in the hand recount unless the discrepancies are explained in poll workers' records.

A possible explanation would be that a voter messed up a ballot and needed to cast another one. The city's elections department found 88 precincts were out of balance. The differences ranged from one to 36 ballots.

Slightly more than 32,000 ballots were cast in those 88 precincts, according to election department data. Chris Thomas, the state's elections director, said Tuesday that even if the ballots in those precincts are not recounted by hand, the initial results tallied in those precincts Nov. 8 will stand.
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