Michigan county investigating ballot shortage in election
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Local officials are investigating after a Michigan county ran short on ballots after a historic voter turnout for a spate of elections on Tuesday, the Detroit Free Press reported.

The news outlet reported Wednesday that 34 percent of voters attempted to cast a ballot in a host of state, local and national elections on the ballot in Oakland County. That number was 5 percentage points higher than area officials were expecting.

Officials attributed the shortage to a confluence of factors, including two open congressional seats to replace Reps. David Trott (R) and Sandy Levin (D).


Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown (D) told the Free Press that enthusiasm among Democrats who disapprove of President TrumpDonald John TrumpThis week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry Impeachment week: Trump probe hits crucial point Judd Gregg: The big, big and bigger problem MORE and GOP candidates likely played a role, too.

She also noted it was the first time the county listed Libertarian candidates on primary ballots.

Word of the shortage quickly spread, with the Michigan Secretary of State tweeting on Tuesday night that voters in line by 8 p.m. would be allowed to vote if they remained at their polling place.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Michigan has pledged to look into the issue.

Michigan hosted a number of nationally prominent state-wide elections on Tuesday night.

Former state House Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer (D) won the Democratic nomination for governor, edging out two challengers who tried to position themselves to her left, including one backed by Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersJuan Williams: Honesty, homophobia and Mayor Pete Democrats on edge as Iowa points to chaotic race Democrats debate how to defeat Trump: fight or heal MORE (I-Vt.).

Whitmer will face Attorney General Bill Schuette (R) in November.

Meanwhile, military veteran John James, who won the endorsement of President Trump, secured the Republican nomination to challenge incumbent Sen. Debbie StabenowDeborah (Debbie) Ann StabenowCentrist Democrats seize on state election wins to rail against Warren's agenda Cash surge puts more Senate races in play Poll shows Sen. Gary Peters with slim lead over GOP rival in Michigan MORE (D-Mich.).