Legal Dispute Delays Absentee Ballots in Detroit

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DETROIT (AP) -- A legal dispute has delayed the mailing of nearly 24,000 absentee ballots to voters in Detroit ahead of the Aug. 6 primary.

The city has delayed the mailing while it awaits a state Court of Appeals decision over the eligibility of a city clerk candidate.

The Detroit News says that decision is expected to come on Tuesday.

Officials say they don't want to move forward with an ineligible candidate's name on the ballot. The absentee ballots should have been mailed out by June 22 under state law.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey removed city clerk candidate D. Etta Wilcoxon from the ballot in May, citing invalid signatures. Wilcoxon successfully challenged the ruling before Wayne County Circuit Judge Patricia Fresard.

City officials appealed the ruling to the state appeals court.

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