In a phone interview with The Arab American News, Dearborn Heights Mayor Dan Paletko distanced himself from Prusiewicz, calling for the secretary of state or the Wayne County clerk to oversee the elections in the city. He also confirmed that some ballots were denied.
“The city clerk is elected separately,” Paletko said. “I had a chat with him. I do not fully understand why the absentee ballots were denied. The reasons he provided were more technical than practical.”
The mayor said he takes the allegations seriously. He added that challenging absentee ballot requests is concerning because it runs the risk of denying citizens’ right to vote.
“Voting is the primary right established in a democracy. There is a significant reasonable doubt being placed over the vote,” he said. “To assist the process, we have to remove that doubt by having a new party run the elections.”
He added that he fears the story will bring negative national attention to the area, which is already struggling with image and looking like a “third world country” because of the Detroit water crisis. Hence, he said, he wants the election to not be handled by the clerk’s office. Read the Rest Here