The Michigan Court of Appeals (3020 W. Grand Blvd. in New Center) will hear arguments on Tuesday, November 2 at 11 a.m. regarding the November 2009 election of Mayor Dave Bing. Challenger Tom Barrow is asking the Court to allow him to challenge the 60,000 ballots that were excluded by the Wayne County Board of Canvassers.
In the recount immediately following the November 3, 2009 Detroit mayoral election, Mr Barrow and his team of accountants uncovered massive irregularities with the conduct of the election that affected the outcome. The Wayne County Board of Canvassers subsequently ruled that nearly 60,000 ballots, including all of the City’s absentees and an additional 10,000 neighborhood precinct ballots, were deemed “excluded” and irregular from the city’s official tally.
In addition, there were a number of other irregularities involving the November 2009 election. The Board discovered empty ballot boxes that were counted toward the total as well as date and time irregularities with the electronic voting machines, breached seals, and falsified records.