DETROIT (WWJ) – Detroit’s City Clerk says a proposed 25 percent cut to the department would prevent her from running the November general election.
“We would not be able to conduct elections in one, the spirit of excellence, and two, as required by law,” said Janice Winfrey, talking to reporters in Tuesday.
Winfrey said the Department of Elections needs the money to fund the hiring of poll workers and for postage.
“We are required and mandated to mail new voter registration cards because of the redistricting. So, you know, it’s a requirement. It is not an option,” she said.
Mayor Dave Bing was forced under a consent agreement with the state to propose deep budget cuts in all city departments. Detroit was expected to go into bankruptcy without state intervention.