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Three Lakeshore Communities Named in State Ballot Lawsuit

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LANSING, MI (WHTC) - Three Lakeshore communities were among 24 statewide named in a lawsuit filed against them by the Michigan Attorney General's Office and the Michigan Secretary of State's Office last week.

The clerks in Trowbridge, Watson and Zeeland Township, along with their colleagues in the 21 other municipalities, allegedly failed to send absentee ballots by the September 22 deadline to overseas and military residents who had requested them before the deadline. The delay was between two and 12 days, and a total of six ballot requests among the three townships were involved.

The lawsuit is asking the courts to mandate an extension of the deadline for having those ballots back from those who had requested it so that they could be counted for the November 6 election. In all, 38 ballots were sent out late, which is far less than the 155 missed prior to the August Primary Election.

The Secretary of State's office said that it had sent out "multiple" reminders to the 1517 local clerks in Michigan about meeting this deadline; more than 98 percent of around 87 hundred ballot requests statewide were honored in time.

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