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State: Federal lawsuit coming because 70 clerks missed Ballot deadlines to military.
Mlive.com ^ | July 27, 2012 | David Eggert

Posted on 07/27/2012 5:14:31 PM PDT by cripplecreek

LANSING, MI - The U.S. Justice Department is expected to sue the state because at least 70 city and township clerks across Michigan missed deadlines to give absentee ballots to military and overseas voters, Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said late Friday.

Under state and federal law, clerks are supposed to make absentee ballots available at least 45 days before an election to military and overseas voters who request them. The primary election is Aug. 7.


Johnson, a Republican, said the suit could force clerks to extend the time for receiving and counting affected ballots.


Johnson said 70 communities missed the deadline - including larger ones such as Battle Creek, Ferndale, Dearborn and Canton Township. Another 215 clerks did not respond to repeated requests from Johnson's office for a status on whether they provided the ballots.


Michigan has more than 1,500 local clerks responsible for conducting elections.


"It is critical that our overseas and military members - who put their lives on the line every day to protect our freedom - get a right to participate in the very system they are protecting," she said in a statement.


The state Bureau of Elections sent at least three reminders to clerks before the 45-day deadline, Johnson said, and also has a calendar of dates to help clerks.


She has instructed clerks in the affected communities to immediately contact military and overseas voters and offer a new ballot if they did not get one.


Johnson said she will ask the Legislature to stiffen "administrative remedies" so federal lawsuits are not needed.


Absentee ballots for military and overseas voters can be provided by mail or email. Email saves clerks as much as two weeks in arrival and response times.


Clerks that missed the deadline - mostly township clerks - handle elections in counties such as Bay, Genesee, Kent, Van Buren, Muskegon and Kalamazoo.


For a list of municipalities that missed the deadline, click here. For a list of those that did give a status update to the state,
click here (pdf)
.


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; US: Michigan
KEYWORDS: ballots; elections; military
What the heck people? Hillsdale!?
1 posted on 07/27/2012 5:14:42 PM PDT by cripplecreek
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2 posted on 07/27/2012 5:15:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

Democrats do this every election because Military types tend to vote conservative. You know, oopsie again and again and again...


3 posted on 07/27/2012 5:18:55 PM PDT by American in Israel (A wise man's heart directs him to the right, but the foolish mans heart directs him toward the left.)
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To: cripplecreek

Are they in any way personally liable?


4 posted on 07/27/2012 5:21:25 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (We have met the enemy and he is us.)
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To: American in Israel

A lot of these are bible belt solid conservative areas.


5 posted on 07/27/2012 5:23:14 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: Repeal The 17th

I haven’t got a clue but I do like the fact that she wants to stiffen the penalties here within the state.


6 posted on 07/27/2012 5:24:52 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

BFD Nothing will be done. The votes won’t be counted and hussein will be doing his uluvating(sp?) because romney didn’t get the votes. It should be a crime to miss our GI’s.


7 posted on 07/27/2012 5:26:23 PM PDT by freeangel ( (free speech is only good until someone else doesn't like it)
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To: freeangel
BFD Nothing will be done.

You don't know Ruth Johnson. In my opinion, the single best SOS in the country today.
8 posted on 07/27/2012 5:31:16 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

So will these clerks be paying huge fines and going to prison for ten years per violation?

...Or something?


9 posted on 07/27/2012 5:31:38 PM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Celebrate Republicans Freed the Slaves Month.)
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10 posted on 07/27/2012 5:34:22 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: ROCKLOBSTER

Sounds like she’ll be forcing them to accept the late ballots. I’m not sure what kind of penalties there are otherwise but it sounds like she wants stiffer penalties than are in place now.


11 posted on 07/27/2012 5:35:37 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

One of the townships is just outside the largest Guard base in Michigan. Typical.


12 posted on 07/27/2012 5:47:58 PM PDT by ODC-GIRL (We live in interesting times)
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To: ODC-GIRL

None here in Jackson county where the transportation unit is based.


13 posted on 07/27/2012 5:50:45 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek

One thing is for sure. The Justice department is not doing this for the Military. There must be a lot more fraudulent out of country votes coming in than Military ones. Or the military votes are being altered when received. Or there are a lot of imaginary military votes. This is part of the cheating machine. Otherwise the Justice department would be happy to see the military not vote.


14 posted on 07/27/2012 6:48:50 PM PDT by Revel
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To: cripplecreek

Unfortunately, even if they get ballots they won’t be counted in any progressive state where the Sec. of State is a Democrat. They will be discarded because they have stray marks, the signatures crossed the lines, marks extended outside the boxes, or were held in the basement until after the election receipt date had passed.


15 posted on 07/27/2012 8:15:08 PM PDT by RetiredTexasVet (Skittle pooping unicorns are more common than progressives with honor & integrity.)
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To: American in Israel; cripplecreek; SunkenCiv; jenk; MaggieCarta; Atom Smasher; Darren McCarty; ...
Democrats do this every election because Military types tend to vote conservative. You know, oopsie again and again and again...

You're probably right on that, but the surprise here is that the Obama-Holder (In)Justice Department is suing on this, seemingly taking up the cause for the military personnel whose ballots didn't go out on time - unless I'm missing something.

16 posted on 07/28/2012 9:38:38 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: RetiredTexasVet; All
Unfortunately, even if they get ballots they won’t be counted in any progressive state where the Sec. of State is a Democrat.

Good point there, which is precisely why George Soros has his Secretary of State project, spending big bucks to get 'Rats into SOS offices around the country.

But in Michigan, from which this story emanates, the SOS is a Pubbie, so that might not be a factor.

17 posted on 07/28/2012 9:46:27 AM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

A lot of these are rock solid conservative townships. You don’t get any more conservative in Michigan than Hillsdale county.


18 posted on 07/28/2012 9:52:51 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: justiceseeker93

Ruth Johnson actively ran against Soros and named him in ads as the backer of the SOS project and democrat candidate Jocelyn Benson.

She is truly the epitome of integrity and she treats both parties equally. I’m ready to make her governor.


19 posted on 07/28/2012 10:01:05 AM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: cripplecreek; All
A lot of these are rock solid conservative townships. You don’t get any more conservative in Michigan than Hillsdale county.

Yes, I'm aware of Hillsdale College, one of the very few colleges in the US that refuses funding from government. Mark Levin regularly talks about them on his radio show.

So is the motivation of the Obama-Holder lawsuit primarily to embarrass and hassle the Michigan SOS and some of these local election clerks?

20 posted on 07/28/2012 3:13:20 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: cripplecreek; All
A lot of these are rock solid conservative townships. You don’t get any more conservative in Michigan than Hillsdale county.

Yes, I'm aware of Hillsdale College, one of the very few colleges in the US that refuses funding from government. Mark Levin regularly talks about them on his radio show.

So is the motivation of the Obama-Holder lawsuit primarily to embarrass and hassle the Michigan SOS and some of these local election clerks?

21 posted on 07/28/2012 3:16:32 PM PDT by justiceseeker93
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To: justiceseeker93

I don’t really understand what happened. Some of the townships listed are very rural and very sparsely populated. Some of them probably don’t have more than 1 or 2 serving in the military.

Hillsdale county only has a population of around 50,000 total. I just don’t understand how they could mess it up.


22 posted on 07/28/2012 3:49:15 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: justiceseeker93

I saw my township treasurer this evening and she’s telling me that some of the clerks are saying that they didn’t get the ballots back from the printers till after the deadline. She’s saying that the constant court challenges are getting so bad that they hold things up till the last minute.

She said that one of the soldiers from our township would be voting electronically because he was out in the sticks in Afghanistan when he was transferred from one unit to another.She said it was virtually impossible to track him down. She says the real problem is that the clerks didn’t coordinate with the SOS as well as they should have.

She and I are of the same mind. No one should get ballots until the military all have theirs in hand and the cutoff date for court challenges at least 6 to 8 weeks before the election.


23 posted on 07/28/2012 7:35:23 PM PDT by cripplecreek (What does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his soul?)
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To: justiceseeker93

Websites for military veterans who want to help active duty troops:

https://www.takingpoint.com/index.php/

http://soforamerica.org/


24 posted on 07/29/2012 9:22:45 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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