(WXYZ) – Detroit’s mayoral race results are in limbo after the Wayne County Board of Canvassers decided to not validate the votes. They’ve asked the Board of State Canvassers to review the results.
About 18,000 of the 44,000 votes cast for Mayoral candidate Mike Duggan are in jeopardy, which could change the election result making his opponent Benny Napoleon the winner with 28,391 votes.
The votes are in question because city election workers failed to use hash-marks to tally the votes in question, but instead used numbers to tabulate them.
In a tweet Tuesday, Napoleon responded to all this with: “This is no small margin of error in #vote tally. It’s very troubling. I call for federal oversight of November election. A citizen’s vote is the cornerstone of Democracy, and people should be able to put their faith in their ballot. #Detroit”
Several community activists at the board meeting are calling for a recount. Tom Barrow, the mayoral candidate who received less than 4% of the vote, has said the election was “fraught with massive fraud.”
Check out the candidates responses on WXYZ