Concern grows over AV Ballots

 Mayor Karen Majewski speaks at a recent candidate forum. She is seeking her fourth term.

Mayor Karen Majewski speaks at a recent candidate forum. She is seeking her fourth term.

By Charles Sercombe
If the number of absentee ballots issued is any indication, this election could see a huge turnout.
In the last mayoral election year – 2013 – a total of 788 people voted by AV ballot. The total voter turnout that year was over 2,500.
So far this year, according to City Clerk August Gitschlag, 1,462 AV ballots have been issued and about half have been returned.
He expects just about all of the ballots will be returned by next week.
Adding the number of people voting at the polls next Tuesday (Nov. 7), Hamtramck could far exceed the turnout from four years ago.
But the issue of AV ballots raises red flags and underscores an ongoing concern: The Michigan State Police are investigating whether there are people — and possibly some candidates — who are illegally handling the ballots. The investigation includes people marking up absentee ballots for voters in favor of their candidates.
According to sources, there will likely be arrests made and charges filed in the coming weeks.
Council candidate Nayeem Choudhury has already come forward at a recent city council meeting to say that he and his father were detained by state police investigators.
He threatened to take the matter to federal court.
There are six candidates vying for one of three seats on city council. That field includes incumbents Andrea Karpinski and Ian Perrotta. Councilmember Mohammed Hassan decided not to seek re-election and instead is challenging Mayor Karen Majewski.
We reached out to Hassan several times via telephone and each time heard only a recorded message that said his message box was full.
Mayor Majewski is seeking her fourth term. In an email, Majewski said she is feeling confident about her re-election.
“My team and I have been working hard on this election. I believe it’s important to connect personally with community members across the spectrum, whether or not it’s an election year,” Majewski said.
“But particularly for this election, my team and I are hard at it knocking doors and talking to voters. The response has been overwhelmingly positive. I appreciate all those residents who are willing to open their doors and in many cases their homes to me.
“It’s very helpful for me as mayor to walk every street, meet people on their sidewalks and on their porches, to see and hear and feel the pulse of Hamtramck close up and personal — it’s extremely hard work, but it’s also enriching , enlightening, and inspiring.”
The election on Nov. 7 features only the mayoral and city council races. There are no other issues on the ballot. Polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 8 p.m.

Published November 3, 2017

2 Responses to Concern grows over AV Ballots

  1. Stan Zelmanski

    November 4, 2017 at 2:13 am

    “According to sources, there will likely be arrests made and charges filed in the coming weeks……”

    Really? Who are the “sources”?

    Also, did Lieutenant Shaw indicate just last week that HOPEFULLY the investigation was going to be concluded BEFORE Nov. 7 Election Day so he could issue his vaunted “press release”? Who are these apparently contradictory unnamed “sources” that seems to imply that a number of weeks are expected to elapse before the investigation is concluded?

    Was it necessary to raid Nayeem Choudhury’s property BEFORE the election? I am sure Lt. Michael Shaw and MSP are aware that such conduct could possibly sway voters.

    Was the search warrant signed AFTER he complained to City Council?

    Why no commentary from MSP on the detainments that have been claimed by Mr. Choudhury?

  2. Roadman

    November 7, 2017 at 12:39 am

    @Stan Zelmanski:

    It is now the day of the general election and no “press release” that had been “hoped for” by Lieutenant Michael Shaw has been issued.

    Should voters even consider this “investigation” as a factor in deciding who to vote for?

    What is exactly being “investigated”?

    Does Shaw think voters were born yesterday to fall for this playing on fears on speculative matters? Does Shaw even know if he has any evidence of anything?

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