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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Removes Mike Duggan Off of August 6th Detroit Mayoral Race Primary Ballot

English: City seal of Detroit, Michigan.
English: City seal of Detroit, Michigan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Barrow Calls on Detroit City Clerk Winfrey to Immediately Resign
In a stunning rebuke to the Detroit Election Commission and the Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey, Wayne County Circuit Court Chief Deputy Judge Lita Mashini Popke, today ruled that Tom Barrow's complaint seeking to remove mayoral candidate Mike Duggan was valid.  Judge Popke also issued an immediate Mandamus Order requiring the Detroit Election Commission to remove Mike Duggan's name from the August 6th Primary Ballot.  She also awarded Barrow his fees and costs for the litigation. 
Mayoral candidate Tom Barrow told a stunned courtroom, "The People of Detroit witnessed the re-establishing of the rule of law in Detroit when this Judge upheld the plain language of the new Detroit City Charter.  Contrary to those who would belittle us, Detroiters are wise" said Barrow." 
Detroiters inserted a residency requirement for common senses reasons so as to prevent another outsider from moving in to become a false Messiah." he explained "Mr. Duggan arrogantly ignored our Charter and disobeyed our law and the court said no.  The good people of Detroit applaud Judge Popke on making a courageous but accurate interpretation of the law."
Barrow's original complaint to the Detroit City Clerk on filed on May 14, 2013, alleged that Mike Duggan did not meet the voter registration requirement that a candidate for elective office be a registered Detroit voter for one year "at the time of filing".

Former Candidate Mike Duggan moved to Detroit from Livonia and registered to vote at his new Detroit address on April 16, 2012, but submitted his nominating petitions on April 2, 2013, fully two-weeks before his one year anniversary on April 16, 2013.
Barrow, 64, continued, "Now that we finally have a mayoral race for Detroiters with Detroit candidates, we can now focus on solutions for the future and creating a new paradigm for our city. We wish Mr. Duggan good luck in his future endeavors and that he continues to make a contribution to his adopted home".
However, the remaining and bigger issue is the decision made by of the Detroit City Clerk,  Janice Winfrey, in charge of conducting free and fair election process in the City. This complaint was a routine matter which became political when, despite being in a clear conflict herself, Detroit City Clerk Winfrey refused to recuse herself and completely ignored the clear language of our city Charter and placed Mike Duggan on the ballot.  The rationale was a facetious legal analysis by an equally "conflicted" Corporation Counsel, who himself voted for Duggan.
"The City Clerk's staff in 2009 was caught trying to fraudulently create a list of second ballot box seals which led to the Wayne County Board of Canvassers final ruling that some 59,961 ballots could not be recounted, including 100% of the 41,215 Absentee Ballots in a contest here only 9,501 would have seen the removal of Dave Bing" said Barrow.
"But as importantly, just recently we have uncovered more evidence of incompetence within the voter rolls right now.  We have uncovered massive irregularities and discrepancies including 137,000 voters who have not voted in over 15 years, 14,000 voters who registered on January 1,  1900 making them some 133 years old,  some 87,137 voters who registered to vote on October 10, 2000 as well as multiple dead voters and duplicate registrants,  all making for a fraudulent and unreliable election." he said 
"Ms. Winfrey has demonstrated a biased, political and has mismanaged the administration of the objective City's elections operations and must resign immediately for the good of the city.  Her resignation is especially warranted in the wake of this important ruling against her department and her poor judgment".
Mike Duggan's Facebook Campaign page in response to the ruling by Wayne County Circuit Court Popke released following statement:
"This ruling is contrary to the opinion of every election lawyer who has looked at the case. We're reviewing our legal options with our lawyers and will make a decision shortly on how we'll proceed.
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