By SUE SUCHYTA
Sunday Times Newspapers
TAYLOR – The Wayne County Board of Canvassers will recount ballots in the contested Taylor School Board election beginning July 5, following an order by Wayne County Circuit Court Judge Robert Columbo.
Jina Sawani, media spokesperson for the office of Wayne County Clerk Cathy Garrett, said the recount will begin at 8 a.m. Wednesday in the training room of the Taylor Fire Department, 23345 Goddard Road, with an estimated July 7 completion date.
Last fall, three candidates filed before the ballot deadline to run for four available Taylor School Board seats. Incumbent Ronald Miller and newcomer David Meyers were two of six write-in candidates who campaigned for the fourth seat. Media reports said Miller did not file to be on the ballot by the deadline because at the time, he was uncertain he wanted to run.
City Clerk Cindy Bower said in December that per the city’s count, Miller won the election, 357 write-in votes to Meyers’ 321. The county had Meyers winning, 346-247.
Miller said in December that he tried to fight the county’s decision but received conflicting information on where to file the complaint and missed the 4 p.m. Nov. 28 deadline to challenge by one day.
Miller said in media reports that he should have been the winner instead of Meyers, who was declared the winner of the fourth school board seat in November, and in January was sworn into office.
Miller sued the Board of Canvassers in March.
Miller said write-in ballots were not counted if they did not have the candidate’s full name – that “Ron Miller” or “Dave Meyers” would not be counted.
He also said county election workers told him that some precincts – including the one at which he and his wife voted – reported no write-in ballots.
The Taylor School District has precincts in portions of Brownstown Township, Dearborn Heights, Inkster and Westland representing students from the geographical areas that attend Taylor Schools.
The judge ruled that the clerks in the cities handled and stored the ballots in keeping with Michigan state law.
(Sue Suchyta can be reached at [email protected].)