Fox 2 – “Halloween is over but Christina Karamo is still playing dirty tricks,” Rev. said Wendell Anthony, Detroit NAACP President.
A day after Christina Karamo — the Republican secretary of state candidate — held a press conference to support her lawsuit against Detroit City Clerk Janice Winfrey and Detroit’s Board of Elections inspector alleging voter fraud, the Detroit branch of the NAACP is firing back.
“This lawsuit is only directed at the city of Detroit, which is a majority African-American city,” Anthony said, “and is designed to stop efforts to mobilize and drive voter participation.”
But Karamo says no.
“It’s clear that the people we claim to disenfranchise Detroit voters are lying,” she said. “We demand that the law be followed.”
Karamo also points to what she calls arbitrary ballot drop boxes.
“Why should the citizens of Detroit be expected to tolerate illegality in their elections,” Karamo said.
Anthony denies this claim.
“There is no evidence of voter fraud, no pattern of mail-in ballot abuse,” he said. “This is just a case looking for violations. This is not voter protection, this is actually voter suppression.
“We’re not going to go to the NAACP for Okie Doc. This BS — bad stuff.”
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For the second day in a row, FOX 2 reached out to Janice Winfrey and City of Detroit elections officials about the lawsuit and is still awaiting a response.
NAACP officials make it clear that they will not tolerate voter intimidation or any attempt to prevent eligible voters from making their voices heard.
“We will have electoral protection from the early hours of the election day till the close of polling,” Anthony said. “We’ll have lawyers on site, we’ll have challengers and voters, and people will be there to make sure no one is intimidated or prevented from voting.”
Rev. Wendell Anthony, Detroit NAACP president, left, Christina Karamo, Republican candidate for secretary of state.