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What's happening in Detroit is a travesty of the highest order. Definitive statements of fact not fiction is necessary to wake up masses at this point. Michigan System of fair and just elections is at risk.

Since March 2013 our alternative news resource - Independent Underground News & Talk - has followed the election process leading up to Detroit's August 6th Primary and beyond. After a contest were The People answers on if Michigan's largest city election was performed with the highest ethics expected by a functional society, others demand silence.

Wayne County Board of Canvassers Majority Decisions Add To Existing Election Integrity Questions Wayne County Board of Canvassers (WCBOC) Chair Carol Larkin and Vice Chair Krista Haroutunian. Canvassers Larkin and Haroutunian have made a series of highly questionable decisions impacting the ability to determine if alleged fraud and mistakes occurred in Detroit's Primary Election on August 6th.Canvasser Leatha Larde to date is the sole member of this body raising motions and points of clarity about Detroit's Primary Election August 6th. Canvasser Joseph Xuereb to date has been absent during meetings involving Detroit's recount taken place at Cobo Hall. 

The video below recorded on September 17th, Canvassers Larkin and Haroutunian effectively shut down an investigating how twelve computer-generated absentee write-in ballots with candidate Mike Duggan name misspelled as "Micheal Duggan" appeared in one precinct.

Detroit Public School (DPS) Building Engineer Maurice Badgett, Sr. provided testimony before WCBOC upon subpoena. Badgett's entire statement to the WCBOC was interjected when Chair Larkin abruptly adjured the meeting on September 17th.

Bagdett, Sr.testimony noted The William Beckham Academy in the DPS district was not a precinct location or election ballots transfer point. Anonymous resources informed Independent Underground News & Talk, Detroit Public School Security personnel destroyed security film normally retained for a period of 90 days. 

Richard Dooley employed by Sodexho Alliance was also 
subpoenaed to give his statement before the WCBOC's September 17th. Dooley, represented by legal council at the hearing testified that he did not see or hear anything unusual at school location on August 6th. Soxexho Alliance was granted a contract with DPS for all of district's school properties remote site management after a merger with Universal Ogden Services in 2000 including security at the William Beckham Academy.

Investigation Of Unauthorized Election Challengers Entering Polling Location/Write-In Ballot With Consistent Handwriting Styles Halted

During September 17th WCBOC meeting, Canvasser Leatha Larde made a motion to refer for further investigation the charge that unverified election challengers entered Detroit Primary Precinct locations on August 6th.

Unauthorized challengers worked for a organization dubbed as "Citizens for Fair Elections". The "Citizens for Fair Elections" group failed to file the proper paperwork required by Michigan's Statutorial Laws to send volunteer or paid election challengers in polling locations, CFFE workers used unauthorized credentials to query ballots cast for Detroit Mayoral Write-In Candidate, Mike Duggan.

Canvasser Larde motioned for the unauthorized election challenger issue to be sent to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office for review. However, the motion failed by a 2 to 1 vote, lacking support from Chair Carol Larkin and Vice-Chair Krista Haroutunian.

Questions exist why write-in ballots with remarkably similar handwriting styles was found in at least one canister opened for review by WCBOC's.

On Monday September 23rd WCBOC Chair Carol Larkin read a letter forwarded on behalf of Robert D. Kullman with East Lansing consulting firm Speckin Forensic Laboratories as testimony before the board and public members in attendance at the meeting.

Chair Larkin recited the following statement on Kullman's behalf, according to the Detroit Free Press.

“My microscopic examinations of handwriting features of each entry on each of the 19 ballots and my side-by-side comparisons of like letters and letter conbinations between the 19 ballots revealed ... there are a number of significant differences between the 19 ballots,” Larkin read from Coleman to the board.
It is unknown if Kullman's statement read by WCBOC Chair Larkin was notarized documentation or the reason the forensic handwriting expert was unable to give his conclusions in person before the Public Board.

Ability To Conduct Election Recounts In Michigan at Peril As Mistakes Made During Detroit Primary Surfaces 
For state voters concerned about integrity elections in Detroit and statewide, a measure passed by Michigan's House of Representatives Thursday, September 19, 2013 by a 95 - 9 vote is designed to add up to a 115% usage tax for conducting future recounts. House Bill 4833. Michigan's Senate Chamber has not taken action on measure this week.

In a letter send out on September 17th, obtained by a anonymous resource by IU News & Talk, details how city poll workers are required to attend meetings throughout this week to review errors made during August 6th Primary about tallying of poll books. The letter cited poll workers failing to attend one of scheduled six meetings would risk losing employment opportunities in future elections. Detroit's Department of Elections under the guidance of City Clerk Janice M. Winfrey August 6th. 

 Detroit Department of Elections 9.17.13 Letter
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The appearance an letter acknowledging mistakes were made on behalf of certain poll workers employed by Detroit's Department of Elections presents a controversial turn in the City's on-going August 6th Election saga. On August 27, 2013, State Elections Director Christopher Thomas and the State Board of Canvassers was summoned to eliminate confusion when WCBOC made its' first attempt to certify Detroit's Primary. 

Director Thomas in a September 3rd statement to the Detroit Free Press cited Michigan's Board of Canvassers decision to certify the City's Primary corrected a problem should not have occurred.

“This process has stopped the most massive disenfranchisement in the history of this state,” Michigan elections director Christopher Thomas said. “What this board did and what this board agreed to was to correct a problem that should not have occurred.”
So, how did Michigan's Board of Canvassers under the authority of Director Thomas manage to certify a election were some of Detroit's Poll Workers erred to tally write-in votes in poll book unless explanations were given on behalf of these errors?

According to Receiving Board Guidelines provided by the Michigan Department of Elections - last updated October 17, 2012, Corrective Action is required to rectify poll book errors during or directly after an election.

"If the number of name entered into the Poll Book does not balance with the number of ballots counted by the tabulator, a full explanation must be recorded in the Remarks section of the Poll Book.  If no explanation was provided, the Receiving Board inspectors should assist the election inspectors in determining the cause of the imbalance and instruct the election inspectors to fully document the cause in the Remarks section of the Poll Book. The remarks must be signed by both the election and Receiving Board inspectors."
According to a statement made to Independent Underground News & Talk by Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey on August 21, 2013, all poll workers with the City's Department of Election were properly trained and prepared to execute their duties.

"We instruct our poll workers to use tally marks just for they don't lose their way in counting," Clerk Winfrey stated. "Sometimes when you are counting large numbers you can forget if I am at 37 or 47, so if you use the tally marks and then go back and count your tally marks it's a way to check your work, if you will."
 A comment made on The University of Minnesota Humphrey School of Public Affairs website by a person named Chris Thomas reveals more questions than answer exist if poll workers were properly trained to tally write-in votes in poll books, and others who might not have been instructed how to perform this task of high importance.

"Regarding training, it is clear the precinct inspectors were trained as there are roughly 615 precincts and 179 didn't use hash marks. Why the 179 didn't use them remains to be seen," Chris Thomas wrote."
Tossing Outstanding Evidence Aside WCBOC Is Set to Certify Detroit Primary Unless A Court of Review Rules Otherwise

Despite outstanding questions about Detroit's August 6th Primary Election, the Wayne County Board of Canvassers is set to certify and end any further investigations into all of the above matters by Thursday, September 26. One of the eight former named Detroit Primary Ballot candidates requesting the recount, Tom Barrow, on September 24, 2013 filed a lawsuit against the WCBOC.

"We have just served the Wayne County Board of Canvassers with a lawsuit demanding that they open the absentee cases and compare the number of ballots to the number of names of people who sent them back!!" former Detroit Mayoral Candidate Barrow wrote on Facebook. Also account for the unused ballots from the printer." 
A judicial hearing will be held Wednesday, September 25, 2013 at 9am ET by Judge Robert J. Columbo. The hearing is scheduled will determine if all the absentee voter canisters used during Detroit's August 6th Primary be opened to compare the number ballots received in comparison to official poll book tallies and the handwriting recorded on absentee voter applications.
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  •  Tip Jar (3+ / 0-)
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    Check out Independent Underground News & Talk at and/or Michigan's Top Politico Podcast, Independent Underground Radio LIVE at

    by IUNewsTalk on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 12:41:27 AM PDT

  •  What are you saying? (0+ / 0-)

    Mike Duggan cheated or someone cheated on his behalf?   Or, Detroit can't count and isn't competent enough to run an election?  That wouldn't surprise me one bit.

    I think Mike Duggan needs to be Mayor.  I don't think people should cheat to put him there.    Maybe Wayne, Oakland, and Macomb ought to have a say if and when they are going to get stuck with Detroit's problems.   Selling off the art work from he DIA - really?   Tired of watching Detroit run and elect one crook after another.

    I have three politically incorrect, straight, white male, grandchildren; and I don't care if you think they're important or not.

    by dkmich on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 04:15:29 AM PDT

    •  Umm NO! (2+ / 0-)
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      Detroit needs to select its' OWN Mayor. As for the other counties, the DIA Art is the City of Detroit property.

      As for "getting stuck" with "Detroit's Problems", Wayne, Oakland and Macomb are no more or less immune than Genesee, Washtenaw, Monroe and Livingston Counties. What occurs in Detroit impacts the entire Southeastern Michigan community and Michigan as a whole.

      Finally, Crooks are ALL across Michigan in elected office so Kwame K. was not the sole conspirator of unethical elected officials in Michigan. In fact, DKMich of those elected leaders might exist in YOUR backyard but just have yet to be revealed.

      Be careful tossing dirt as the wind can and frequency do, blow particles backwards.

      Also, Mike Duggan should NOT be Detroit's Next Mayor as he is lock, stock and barrel aligned with the administration of Rick Snyder and Emergency Management, which I assume you might support.

      Check out Independent Underground News & Talk at and/or Michigan's Top Politico Podcast, Independent Underground Radio LIVE at

      by IUNewsTalk on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:10:11 AM PDT

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      •  We border Detroit/Wayne Co. (0+ / 0-)

        The blight impacts the property values adjacent, and .   Detroit's bankruptcy impacts the credit ratings of our counties.  Washtenaw is Ann Arbor - talk about bubble land.   Genneesee has its own labor market area that is tied to the Port Huron, I69, and the I75 corridor.  They're only remotely connected to the southern counties because many of their residents commute for work.

        Duggan is aligned with business and power.   If you want Detroit back together, you need them - like it or not.   Benny might be a nice guy, even if he's a cop, but a nice guy isn't what Detroit needs at this point in time.  The money and power is preparing to take over Detroit, and they want their guy in there or they won't do it.  Detroit is at a tipping point, and what happens to Detroit impacts all of MI  - like it or not.  

        Oh please.  Kwame is a crook and a thug.     How dare you excuse him for doing what he did to his city and residents by saying there are crooks everywhere.   Detroit mayors before him have been corrupt, but Kwame took it to new heights by preying on people and a city that was down and out and could least afford it.  Surprised he wasn't mugging little old ladies or people in wheel chairs in alleys for their SS checks.

        Detroiters are big on regionalism when it comes to the benefits.   When they have to give up something to get it, then they're in a miff.   Should be apparent by now that Detroit is in a corner and needs to get off the high horse Coleman Young put them on because it is about to be shot.  

        I'm generally a fan of Detroit's until I run into attitudes like yours.  If the art work in the DIA goes, I'll guarantee Detroit has seen its last dime from voters in the suburbs for anything.  Cobo, water, and other commons currently in Detroit need to be regionalized, managed and funded by the communities impacted.  The water department has scammed its last dime off the suburbs.

        I have three politically incorrect, straight, white male, grandchildren; and I don't care if you think they're important or not.

        by dkmich on Thu Sep 26, 2013 at 04:41:11 AM PDT

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  •  Michigan Elections (3+ / 0-)
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    I would think voters would want a fair and honest election process, and not have someone in office who did not get there by the votes of the majority of registered voters.

    Saying, put Mike Duggan in, or anyone else because of the past is not a correction if Mike Duggan is placed in office through a corrupt election process. That does not make any sense at all.

    •  Thank you for your comment! (3+ / 0-)
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      Anyone who is placed into office in a corrupt elections process is not legitimate and cheated to win. No difference in if this occurrence were to happen and how George W. Bush was amazingly granted the state of Florida in 2000, despite Al Gore winning the contest by slightly over 500 votes.

      Check out Independent Underground News & Talk at and/or Michigan's Top Politico Podcast, Independent Underground Radio LIVE at

      by IUNewsTalk on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 08:14:43 AM PDT

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    •  and Welcome! (0+ / 0-)
      Welcome from the DK Partners & Mentors Team. If you have any questions about how to participate here, you can learn more at the Knowledge Base or from the New Diarists Resources Diaries. Diaries labeled "Open Thread" are also great places to ask. We look forward to your contributions.

      Oh, I used to be disgusted
      Now I try to be amused
      ~~ Elvis Costello

      by smileycreek on Wed Sep 25, 2013 at 10:43:16 AM PDT

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