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State, city collaborate to deter poll problems in Detroit

Polling station
Hilary Farrell

The state will work with Detroit election officials to ensure that problems encountered during the recent primary are not repeated in the November general election. The number of counted absentee ballots in the August primary didn't match the tally recorded in poll books in more than 70% of precincts. City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Secretary of State Joyce Benson said Wednesday that at least 6,000 election workers will be recruited to staff Detroit polling locations and absentee counting boards, and the method of counting and sorting ballots will be revised and streamlined. More satellite clerk offices and secure ballot drop boxes will be installed across Detroit.