Saturday, June 24, 2006

Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Sues Over Affirmative Action Ballot Issue

DETROIT -- Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick Thursday filed a federal lawsuit against Ward Connerly, alleging the California businessman engaged in widespread voter fraud to get a proposal to ban affirmative action on Michigan's 2006 ballot.

Connerly and his supporters "obtained signatures from 125,000 black and Latino voters by falsely telling them that the petition supported affirmative action," said the lawsuit, which also names Michigan Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land and other state officials as defendants. Land has overall responsibility for Michigan elections.

Kilpatrick filed the lawsuit as a private citizen but will be asking Detroit City Council to support the action, said Sharon McPhail, the mayor's city attorney, who filed the suit at the federal courthouse.

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