“If we do not suppress the Detroit vote, we’re going to have a tough time in this election cycle.”
— State Rep. John Pappageorge, R-Troy, while discussing election strategy at a meeting of the Oakland County Republican Party (Freep)
Michigan Republicans will renew a controversy from the 2004 election when they send poll challengers to the Detroit and Ecorse mayoral elections Nov. 8 in what GOP officials say is a training exercise for next year’s statewide elections.
Democrats called it an attempt to intimidate black voters and said they’ll watch the GOP poll watchers.
The state Republican Party plans to spread up to 100 poll challengers among Detroit, Ecorse, Grand Rapids and Kentwood, a Grand Rapids suburb, said party spokesman Nate Bailey.
“These are communities with different settings that will be effective training grounds for our people,” he said. (Freep)