Local clerk's offices sued before elections

Twenty four township clerk’s offices throughout Michigan have been hit with lawsuits by Michigan’s Attorney General and Secretary of State. Among the 24 are the City Clerk’s Office in New Buffalo, and the Sodus Township Clerk’s Office.

Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Secretary of State Ruth Johnson are suing the offices for failing to send absentee ballots to military personnel and overseas voters in time for this upcoming election. The deadline for getting the ballots in the mail is normally 45 days before Election Day. To meet the deadline, the clerk’s offices would have had to send all absentee ballots out on September 22nd. However, Sodus Township sent out two ballots on September 24th, and New Buffalo sent one absentee ballot out on October 10th, more than two weeks late.

Schuette and Johnson want the counting deadline for absentee ballots to be extended to include these overseas voters.

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