Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Feds Monitoring Hamtramck Voting: No Big Deal

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Anybody reading local news headlines about the area elections may have seen that the Justice Department was present in Hamtramck to monitor the election in that city. And those familiar with Hamtramck may have thought it had something to do with the three Hamtramck men charged with mishandling absentee ballots last month. That conclusion would be sensible, logical and natural.

It would also be utterly wrong.

We spoke with Charles “Chip” Sercombe, editor of Hamtramck’s small-town paper, The Review, and he disabused us of that notion right away.

“As far as the federal oversight goes, it’s really no big deal,” he says. “It has nothing to do with those three guys being charged with [improper] absentee ballot delivery.

Nothing prompted [the Justice Department to monitor the election] other than to make sure city is complying with language requirement, to ensure that election laws and procedures are printed in several languages. And they pretty much stay in the background.”

It’s no secret that Hamtramck is the most ethnically diverse city in the entire state, and ensuring that all election materials can be read by all voters can be an exceptional challenge.

In fact, Sercombe described Election Day in Hamtramck as “quiet.” “There have been no incidents,” he said. “The big news is the unprecedented number of absentee ballots that went out. There are usually 300 or 400, and about 1,180 ballots went out as of 3 p.m. yesterday, and they expect 90 percent of them to come back.”

The mayoral contest is predicted to be especially tight, with Mayor Karen Majewski fighting for her third term as mayor against City Councilmember Abdul Algazali. The abundance of absentee ballots could tip the balance. Stay tuned.

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Detroit Metro Times. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Detroit Metro Times, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at letters@metrotimes.com.

Detroit Metro Times works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Detroit and beyond.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Detroit's true free press free.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Best Things to Do In Detroit

© 2021 Detroit Metro Times - Contact Us

Website powered by Foundation