BREAKING: Major Changes in Detroit Mayoral Election Primary Race as Benny Napoleon is declared the winner; Duggan drops to second

Photo Credit - Wayne County Sheriff Office
Detroit Mayoral Candidate and newly declared primary election
winner, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon

Update - 5:23 pm ET - The Wayne County Board of Canvassers has referred the county's authority to certify Detroit's Primary Election August 6th to the State Board of Canvassers on August 20, 2013. 

This is a unusual move unless some form of questionably exist in the election results, as in this case, were City Tally Workers under the direction of Detroit Clerk of Elections Janice Winfrey used tally marks instead of State Election Law required hash-tags to count candidates votes.

If true this would constitute the second major error in either City Statutory Charter or State Election Law made by Clerk's Winfrey office.

The first error was done when potential candidate Mike Duggan was allowed to remain on the ballot by Clerk Winfrey and another member of the City Election Commission Board. Despite City Charter Statutory rule stating candidates for an Detroit Publicly Elected Office must be a City resident for one year or 365 days in total.

Two judicial courts of review sided with fellow Mayor Candidate Tom Barrow's challenge upholding Detroit's Charter and ordered Duggan off the ballot. Duggan shortly thereafter filed to be a write-in candidate in Detroit's Mayoral Primary election contest.

If the Michigan Board of Canvassers uphold State Election Law use of hashtags over tally-marks, Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon will officially certify the win for Detroit's Primary Election canvass tally on August 20th.

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In a breaking news story changing by the hour, Detroit Mayoral Candidate and Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon was the winner of the City Primary Election held on August 6, 2013.

Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and former Director of Elections Daniel Baxter reported to multiple news resources in the early morning hours of August 7th, write-in candidate Mike Duggan received 44,395 votes cast, defeating Napoleon and fifteen other candidates vying to be Mayor of Detroit by either a 2 to 1 or in some cases 15 to 1 margin.


Detroit's Fox 2 News broke the story of Sheriff Napoleon primary win at 3:30 pm this afternoon.
"Fox 2 has learned that the Wayne County Board of Canvassers has deemed that Detroit mayoral candidate Benny Napoleon received more votes in the August Primary than candidate Mike Duggan. 
Fox 2's Randy Wimbley reports that Duggan now has 23,970 -- down 20,425 from the unofficial tally of 44,395, released the night of the election on August 6th.
Benny Napoleon received 28,391 votes, picking up 579 votes.
 
Why the change?  Fox 2 is at the Detroit City Clerk's office to find out."
The change in nearly 21,000 votes for Sheriff Napoleon comes on the heels of Write-In Candidate from Livonia, Michigan for Detroit's Mayor Mike Duggan losing the same number of votes. Making at this point the total tally Duggan received in August 6th primary 23,970 votes cast thus far.

Napoleon was one of seven candidates with plans on filing a petition to request a manual recount this afternoon at Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett's office. Alternative News resources Independent Underground News & Talk and Detroit City Council.net were first to break the story a petition for recount would be filed.

The candidates allege charges from illegally training election inspectors outside of the 21 days required by State Election Law by City Clerk Janice Winfrey to illegal election challengers were allowed to enter polling locations associated with an organization named Citizens for Fair Elections without the required training.

Approximately ten allegations exist on the draft document in total along with detailed requests for injunctive relief requested on the plaintiff's behalf.


Independent Underground News & Talk will stay on top of this breaking news story and provide updates as warranted.

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