Billboards Give Wrong Date For Detroit Election

DETROIT (WWJ/AP) – Billboards promoting Detroit’s upcoming general election offered up some erroneous information about when to go to the polls.

Many of the 14 billboards gave a September date for the election. The vote actually is Nov. 5.

City Clerk Janice Winfrey, who said she was angry when she noticed the errors, called the September date “a mistake” by the business that handles the billboards.

But some Detroiters, like Sabrina Wright, think the “mistake” might have been made intentionally.

“It is a major error and it was probably done on purpose. They’re trying to hoodwink Detroit and make Detroit look bad and I don’t like that,” she said.

Winfrey said the billboards were updated Saturday with the correct information about the general election. She said all the billboard should be corrected by Tuesday.

According to the Detroit Free press, 11 of the billboards were purchased by the city, with the remaining three given as a bonus by the company that manages the billboards.

The November election includes races for Detroit mayor and city council.

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