I’m sure this was just an honest mistake. But even if so, it’s a darned curious one. It turns out that only yesterday, Michigan was making military and overseas absentee ballots available for download and printing in advance of the general election. Joe Biden and Kamala Harris were correctly listed as the Democratic candidates for President and Vice President on the Democratic line. Donald Trump was also prominently featured as the GOP candidate for President. But in the space allocated for Mike Pence as the veep, at least for a few hours, the system was generating ballots without his name. On some of them, the space was simply left blank. On others, a completely different name appeared. They claim that this won’t mess things up since the problem has been corrected, but it’s just… odd. (Detroit News)
More than 400 Michigan military and overseas ballots were downloaded from a state database Tuesday with the incorrect running mate for President Donald Trump, listing a Libertarian candidate in the place of Vice President Mike Pence.
It’s not clear how many of the more than 400 ballots were actually sent to voters before the error was discovered and corrected, according to Tracy Wimmer, spokeswoman for Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
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.
So whose name was showing up as Trump’s running mate, at least on the ones that weren’t blank? Jeremy Cohen. If that name doesn’t sound familiar it’s because he’s the veep running mate of Libertarian presidential candidate Jo Jorgenson. On those ballots, Jorgenson’s vice-presidential slot was left blank.