Group wants probe of absentee voting allegations

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. An advocacy group says it wants state and federal authorities to investigate allegations that suburban Detroit officials prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.

The Detroit News reports that the Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee said Thursday that Dearborn Heights officials, including Clerk Walter Prusiewicz, purposely kept voters of Arab descent from voting absentee for the Aug. 5 election.

The ADC says that in some cases officials told residents that ballots would be mailed to them even though the voters explained that they would be overseas.

Prusiewicz says his office has held fair and honest elections in his 13 years in charge and hasn't discriminated against anyone. He says he'll cooperate and hopefully "all sides will understand and come to an agreement that the elections process is honorable."

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