Some Michigan ballots list incorrect nominees for Vice President

Vice President Mike Pence wasn’t listed
Published: Sep. 16, 2020 at 10:41 AM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) - Local clerks are having to resend ballots to military and oversea voters.

About 400 ballots in Michigan listed the candidates for Vice President incorrectly.

“We take it very seriously to make sure we are sending the correct ballots to voters,” said Meridian Township Clerk Brett Dreyfus.

Ballots clerks were downloading from a state database Tuesday listed Jeremy Cohen as the Republican Vice Presidential nominee instead of Vice President Mike Pence.

Cohen is running as the Libertarian nominee for Vice President, but the ballot didn’t list a running mate for Jo Jorgensen.

The Michigan Secretary of State’s Office said in a statement it was an isolated human error and it won’t happen again.

Dreyfus hoped they are right.

“With concerns about mail-in absentee voting, with concerns of interference in various ways trying to get elections running properly, with all those concerns running very high in voters' minds, we absolutely have to have correct ballots go out,” he said.

The Secretary of State’s Office said local clerks were told to let voters know and send them a correct ballot right away.

If voters happen to send back the incorrect ballots, their vote will still be counted based on who the person voted on for president.

Dreyfus said there is already a system in place for something like that.

“We will duplicate that onto another ballot that actually has the correct President and Vice Presidential choice for the Republican Party. That is done when the two parties are present,” said Dreyfus.

Dreyfus added other absentee ballots and in-person ballots have already been verified to be correct.

Ingham County Clerk Barb Byrum said 78 military and overseas ballots were reported “sent” Tuesday.

Nine incorrect ballots were sent to Meridian Township voters.

Lansing and Eaton County clerks said they weren’t affected by the incorrect ballots.

The military and overseas ballots are sent to American citizens and military personnel who are registered voters and are living overseas.

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