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 TrumpSix big off-year elections you might be missing Twitter suspends GOP Rep. Banks for misgendering trans health official Meghan McCain to Trump: 'Thanks for the publicity' 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 SandersRepublican spin on Biden is off the mark Sanders on Medicare expansion in spending package: 'It's not coming out' Briahna Joy Gray: Biden must keep progressive promises or risk losing midterms 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 StabenowSenate Democrats dial down the Manchin tension Democrats surprised, caught off guard by 'framework' deal Congress facing shutdown, debt crisis with no plan B MORE (D-Mich.).