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      Dearborn Heights to get state elections monitor

      Dearborn Heights will have a state elections monitor for next month's vote after claims that officials prevented Arab-Americans from obtaining absentee ballots.

      Mayor Daniel Paletko told the Detroit News Wednesday he requested that the Michigan secretary of state monitor the Aug. 5 election. A secretary of state spokesman says a staff member will assist City Clerk Walter Prusiewicz in Dearborn Heights with any questions or issues.

      The Arab-American Anti-Discrimination Committee has said city officials including Prusiewicz purposely kept voters of Arab descent from voting absentee.

      Prusiewicz has said his office hasn't discriminated against anyone.

      He reported to state officials this week what he says is a potential case of voter fraud. He says he received about 250 absentee ballot applications that might not have been filled out properly.