City Clerk, Dept. of Elections misinform voters
DETROIT — For four days, billboards throughout the city with the clerk’s message, “Your vote is your voice,” displayed the incorrect date for the upcoming general election.
Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and the elections department sent the incorrect message: The general election is Sept. 2. The correct date is Nov. 5.
The clerk’s office directed the Michigan Citizen to the Department of Elections for an explanation. “They’re responsible for (the information on the billboards),” a spokesperson said.
Department of Elections Spokesperson Gina Avery said the error was noticed over the weekend.
Fingers are pointing, and the elections department says the error “had to be with the contractor” who put up the wrong date.
Avery could not provide an explanation or provide further information as to the name of the contractor or the cost of the contract. Although, she said fixing the error will not cost the city.
“That’s their error, not ours,” Avery told the Michigan Citizen.
On Aug. 13, the date was changed to Nov. 5, the correct date of the general election.