Dearborn Heights considers voting oversight

Suburban Detroit leaders are considering seeking state or county monitoring of next month's election after claims that officials prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.

The Detroit News reports the Dearborn Heights City Council took up the issue during a study session Tuesday. Mayor Daniel Paletko says he plans to request that Wayne County or state officials monitor the Aug. 5 election.

The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee has said city officials including Clerk Walter Prusiewicz purposely kept voters of Arab descent from voting absentee. Dozens of people gathered at the Tuesday meeting to protest what they say is mishandling of ballots. Some held signs that said, "It's my vote."

Prusiewicz has said his office holds fair elections and hasn't discriminated against anyone. He didn't attend the meeting.