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Gilchrist: Election Process Needs to be Transparent

Sandra Svoboda/WDET

Detroit City Clerk candidates Garlin Gilchrist says his team is looking into concerns about how votes were counted in last night’s election.

Garlin Gilchrist says some voters have complained about confusion with absentee voting receipts and applications.

Gilchrist says he launched his campaign for city clerk to make sure transparency was returned to the election process in Detroit.

Transparency will be to trust in the process,” Gilchrist says. “I believe with more Detroit voters trusting the process we will have more Detroit voters stepping up to participate in the election. And we have some big elections next year.”

Gilchrist says he is waiting for the Wayne County Board of Canvassers to certify the results in the next couple of days before deciding if he’ll ask for a recount.

He says regardless of the outcome he believes Detroiters need to have trust in the city’s election system going forward. 

Click here to listen to City Clerk Janice Winfrey’s comments on the election results. 

Image credit: Sandra Svoboda/WDET

This post is a part of 2017 Local Elections: How’s metro Detroit doing?.

This series includes WDET's coverage of candidates' in local elections -- including Detroit's mayoral, clerk and council races.

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