Ingham County Board of Canvassers Denies Immediate Election Certification

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Was it a mistake or just bad judgement? Whatever the reason, there were not enough ballots for voters in Lansing's primary election Tuesday and the Ingham County Board of Canvassers wants to know why before it certifies election results.

Board member Alan Fox called the problem appalling after thumbing through the poll books Friday morning. "The clerk's statement that it was the voters fault because the voters spoiled their ballots is not what we're seeing here.", said Fox.

In Thursday's Lansing State Journal, City Clerk Debbie Miner attributed the shortages to spoiled ballots. Fox says it's clear now that Miner did not provide enough ballots for a least a half of a dozen precincts.

Seven election inspectors have been summoned by the board to answer questions about other documenting issues as well.

Phones calls to the City Clerk's office Friday were not returned.