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Update to vote counting in Detroit Primary

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    Detroit's Election Results: More Weird Math

    Monday, August 12 2013 5:23 PM EDT2013-08-12 21:23:57 GMT
    LeDuff: I took a second  look at the election results on Friday morning. And the numbers are so curious that at least one election lawyer is calling for an investigation and federal monitoring.
    LeDuff: I took a second  look at the election results on Friday morning. And the numbers are so curious that at least one election lawyer is calling for an investigation and federal monitoring of Detroit's general election this November.
DETROIT (WJBK) -

Fox 2 reporter Charlie LeDuff raised the question why the city of Detroit had more registered voters in the August Primary vote than the number of adults living in the city.  

Detroit City Clerk, Janice Winfrey, called Fox 2 to explain the numbers.  

The issue: In 2012 the U.S. Census estimates there are 514,000 adults, 18-and-over living in the city of Detroit.  The city of Detroit Clerk's Office reported there were 538,048 registered voters at the time of August's Primary Election.
  105% of adults registered, how can this be?

Winfrey says the reason why you have more registered voters in the city than adult residents is that there are a number of inactive voters that remain registered for various periods of time.  
Winfrey says, "The National Voter Registration Act of 1993" prevents the purging of inactive voters, without first going through a prescribed process.   Registered voters deemed inactive will not be purged until two-full federal election cycles are complete. The intent is to protect voters and keep them from getting disenfranchised."

There are also a number of deceased people that remain registered and will remain so until one of the following things occur: 1. A family member indicates in writing that a loved one has died.  2. A twice-annual report from the Social Security Administration indicates the death of the individual. 3. A monthly report from the Health and Wellness Department indicates the death of an individual.

Winfrey: There's a constant purging of names taking place on the registered voters list, but only after requirements are met.  

Some 13,000 names on the inactive list are due to be purged in January of 2014 after being on what Winfrey calls the 'Cancellation Countdown' list.  These are names of people who were sent voter registration cards that came back to the Clerk's office as 'undeliverable.'  Another card is sent by the Clerk's office to give the person another chance to activate their registration.  If the person does not contact the Clerk's office, they are put on the 'Cancellation Countdown' list.  Another two federal elections need to occur before the names are taken off the registry.

The Issue: Why does the Detroit City Clerk web site list 50,328 write in votes tallied in it's overall summary report, but another page on the site that breaks-down the write-in votes by candidate only adds up to 47,746 votes, a difference of 3562 votes or 7%.


In a phone interview Winfrey had Computer Systems Supports (CSS) Manager Kimberly Wallace explain the discrepancy.

Wallace says: Any voter who circled in a oval without writing in a name, or wrote in a name that was not registered as a candidate, those votes were not counted in the write in summary total.

The write-in summary total breaks down the votes for each candidate's name that closely resembles the names of two registered write-in candidates: Mike Duggan and Mike Dugeon.  All other write in votes were not included in the write in summary report, but all write-in votes were included in the overall summary total.

Write in Summary, click here>>

Overall Summary, click here>> 

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