The office of Democratic Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was exposed making a massive error on absentee ballots that impacted the ballot line of President Donald Trump, according to The Western Journal.
According to The Detroit News, More than 400 military and overseas ballots were affected.
The ballots did not include the name of Vice President Mike Pence on the Republican ballot line for the presidential ticket
Instead, the state office listed Jeremy Cohen, the Libertarian Party’s nominee for vice president, where Pence’s name should have been.
“There was a temporary error in the (Qualified Voter File) data that caused some ballots downloaded (Tuesday) to display incorrect ballot information when clerks downloaded the (Qualified Voter File) ballot sent to military and overseas voters. Approximately 400 ballots were downloaded by clerks during this period; we don’t know how many were sent,” Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for Benson, told the Detroit Free Press.
Once the state was alerted that it was sending out bad ballots, it sent an email to county clerks saying that “voters who received the incorrect ballot must be sent a replacement MOVE ballot ASAP.”
“If a voter does happen to return the incorrect ballot instead of the correct ballot, it will still count,” she told The Detroit News. “The clerk will be instructed to duplicate a vote for Trump onto a ballot for Trump/Pence.”
“It was an accidental programmer error, and was fixed within 90 minutes of being identified,” she told the Free Press.
Stop with your ballot fraud, those ballots without Pence should of never got out. If it was a mistake, why weren't they proofed before printed and sent. Don't believe your lies. If your going to cheat and lie, your not for Michigan or America. https://t.co/cd89cGfeeG
— DefendTheBlue (@Michael_MTO) September 16, 2020
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Michigan Sec of State who BTW spoke at (Democratic Convention) misprints Trump Ballots for Overseas Troops
She also put the Libertarian candidate in place of @VP Pence 😡 Unbelievable
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Joel Hondorp, the city clerk in Grand Rapids, called the problem “a little bit of a glitch.”
“This just threw a wrench in the gearbox,” Joe Riker, the clerk for Brighton Township, added to The Detroit News.
More from the Western Journal:
The error was caught Tuesday as county clerks downloaded information from the state so that they in turn could mail out ballots or email PDF versions of the ballots to voters who had requested them.
Michigan had problems with mail-in ballots during its primary elections. More than 10,000 ballots were rejected over flaws, with many of the rejections due to issues with the signature on the ballot, according to WDIV-TV.
Michigan is considered a vital swing state for Trump, who in 2016 narrowly won the state.