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Detroit's partial election recount goes into second day

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Detroit city clerk candidate Garlin Gilchrist II requested the recount.

Detroit’s election re-count carried on through a second day Wednesday.

Election workers are recounting just over 41,000 ballots cast in the November 7th election. That includes all absentee ballots, as well as results from 60 Election Day precincts with “documented issues at the polls.”

That’s according to city clerk candidate Garlin Gilchrist II, who requested the recount. He says that so far, at least five of the city’s 100 absentee precincts have been deemed un-recountable.

That’s because the number of ballots doesn’t match the number of voters recorded in poll books. Michigan election law doesn’t allow precincts with those kinds of discrepancies to be recounted.

“That’s a big problem. There’s really no excuse for an absentee vote counting board not to be re-countable,” Gilchrist said.

“They come in weeks before election day, many of them. They are counted in a controlled environment on Election Day. And there’s no excuse to have that much error, to make it so that those voters, those absentee voters, cannot have their voter results verified.”

Gilchrist narrowly lost the clerk’s race to incumbent Janice Winfrey, who squeaked out a win on the backs of absentee votes.

Gilchrist says the re-count will likely continue through Thursday “at least.”

Sarah Cwiek joined Michigan Public in October 2009. As our Detroit reporter, she is helping us expand our coverage of the economy, politics, and culture in and around the city of Detroit.
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