Lawsuit claims election inspectors for Detroit's primary election haven't been approved

Citizens United Against Corrupt Government says primary shouldn't be held without approved inspectors

Published On: Aug 05 2013 08:15:18 AM EDT   Updated On: Aug 05 2013 05:31:44 PM EDT
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DETROIT -

Detroit's primary election is only a day away, but a lawsuit has been filed claiming election inspectors in the city were not approved in time.

Detroit city clerk candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon and Citizens United Against Corrupt Government -- which is led by Detroit activist Robert Davis -- filed the lawsuit that claims Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey did not have the election inspectors approved by the Detroit Election Commission.

The lawsuit lists Winfrey, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers and the Detroit Election Commission as defendants.  

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The lawsuit says state law requires the inspectors -- who tally the votes -- to be approved.  

The Detroit Election Commission did hold an emergency meeting Monday morning and approved the inspectors.

But a 2:30 p.m. hearing before a judge regarding the lawsuit is scheduled.

Davis told Local 4 the issue is also with the qualifications of the inspectors. Davis said the inspectors' applications and background were never properly filed.

"Citizens and members of the public have been denied their right to publicly inspect those applications that should have been properly on file in the clerk's office," he said.

Davis said the lawsuit is not in support of Wilcoxon's campaign.

"This is in support of every voter's right to vote and to ensure the integrity of the election is preserved," he said.

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