Dozens of Clerks Miss Absentee Ballot Deadline

By: News 10
By: News 10

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson expects the federal government to sue over the fact that 70 city and township clerks missed the deadline to mail absentee ballots to military and overseas voters. Another 215 haven't responded to her office's request for a status update on their absentee ballots. They may be forced to extend the deadline for absentee ballots to be returned. The only local community known to have missed the deadline is Locke Township in eastern Ingham County. The townships that haven't responded to the request include:

CLINTON COUNTY
Dallas Township
Duplain Township
Eagle Township
Riley Township
Victor Township

EATON COUNTY
Walton Township

HILLSDALE COUNTY
Allen Township
Amboy Township
Camden Township
Hillsdale Township
Moscow Township
Ransom Township
Scipio Township

INGHAM COUNTY
Aurelius Township
Bunker Hill Township
Onondaga Township
Stockbridge Township
White Oak Township
Williamstown Township


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  • by Todd Location: Jackson on Jul 29, 2012 at 09:17 PM
    The average Joe's vote doesn't even matter anymore. I haven't voted in years, what a waste of time and resources. And what point does it make to vote in the Presidential election when both options suck? Just let this place go to he** on it's own.
  • by A M Location: Lansing, MI on Jul 29, 2012 at 05:45 AM
    Dear Anonymous,
    Though that is a simple reason to not respond to a government official requesting information from a township, it is not a justifiable reason. One of the requirements of the clerks is to do that terrible simple job, and allows a chance for voters to vote when out of range to vote as they might normally do. To knowingly miss a deadline, an fail to allow the voters adequate time to return the ballots is reprehensible. Additionally, not even bothering to respond to a request of if the job was done on time or not, is rather irresponsible. It is a simple "yes" or "no". If no such request for absentee ballots were made, even a "We had no requests for absentee ballots" could be. However, that is extremely unlikely, as some home bound individuals request them due to medical conditions. Just a thought.
  • by Anonymous on Jul 29, 2012 at 04:47 AM
    where was the majority of the 70 that missed. A simple reason why 215 did not respond is because they did not have any absentee request for military.
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