Over 400 Michigan ballots for military and those residing overseas listed the wrong running mate for President Trump, according to The Detroit News.
Instead of Vice President Mike Pence, Libertarian candidate Jeremy Cohen was incorrectly listed as Trump's running mate. It is unclear how many of the over 400 ballots were actually sent to voters before the error was caught and corrected, according to MI Secretary of State spox, Tracy Wimmer.
The error occurred with ballots meant to be mailed or emailed to Michigan residents living abroad under the Military and Overseas Empowerment (MOVE) Act. Those ballots usually are downloaded by local clerks' offices upon request from an overseas voter and either printed and mailed, or downloaded via PDF and emailed to the voter before the election.
Within a roughly two-hour time frame Tuesday afternoon, ballots downloaded from the state website to be mailed or emailed to those overseas “had an error in the presidential race impacting how candidates and running mates were listed,” according to an email sent from the state to clerks impacted by the error. -The Detroit News
Those attmepting to print or download a ballot during a several-hour period were alerted via a banner on their screen that the system was experiencing a problem. The state followed up with an email elaborating further at approximately 4 p.m. Tuesday. According to Wimmer, the ballots were the result of a "temporary error" in the voter file data.
"If a voter does happen to return the incorrect ballot instead of the correct ballot, it will still count," she said, adding "The clerk will be instructed to duplicate a vote for Trump onto a ballot for Trump/Pence."
Grand Rapids city clerk Joel Hondorp said that his office didn't send out any erroneous ballots, and described the issue as "a little bit of a glitch."
Brighton Township clerk Joe Riker says his office only sent out two incorrect ballots.
"There hasn’t been too much guidance from the state of Michigan," said Riker, adding "This just threw a wrench in the gearbox."