Tom Barrow: Detroit mayoral primary votes counted illegally, will request recount

Detroit mayoral candidate claims illegal election challengers were at polls, he plans to ask for manual recount

Author: Dave Bartkowiak Jr. , Online News Editor, @DaveBartko, dbartkowiak@wdiv.com
Published On: Aug 19 2013 09:09:13 PM EDT   Updated On: Aug 20 2013 02:56:40 AM EDT
Tom Barrow
DETROIT -

Detroit mayoral candidate Tom Barrow, who received less than 10 percent of the votes in the city's primary election, claims there were illegal election challengers at the polls.

Barrow spoke on the Alonzo Fleming radio program Monday night saying many illegal acts were committed on election night, and afterward.

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"There is a pervasive lawlessness that we have witnessed throughout our election process," Barrow said. "Our challengers saw it. The people working in many of the instances -- particularly Cobo Hall -- clearly were not trained. Some were obviously drunk."

He will ask for a manual recount when the Wayne County Board of Canvassers meets on Tuesday.

Barrow made headlines when he succeeded in getting fellow candidate Mike Duggan's name off the August ballot due to a filing violation.

Duggan continued to run as a write-in candidate. He and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon are the only two who get to move on to the city's general election. This time, Duggan will be on the ballot in November.

Read: Napoleon, Duggan square off for Detroit's next leader