Trump calls out Michigan Secretary of State for ballot error
President Donald Trump wasn’t happy when he learned that Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson sent out 400 ballots to U.S. military members with a slight typo. The ballots listed a Libertarian as Trump’s running mate instead of Vice President Mike Pence.
“The Democrat Trump Hater Secretary of State of Michigan, purposely misprinted Ballots for the Military, putting the wrong names on the Ballot, and actually listing a member of another party as a replacement for Vice President Mike Pence,” Trump tweeted.
The president continued, “Everybody is totally confused by their egregious behavior, which is just the way they want it,” Trump continued. “This was not a mistake, it was done illegally and on purpose. We want Mike!”
The ballots were intended for Michigan residents serving overseas in the military. The ballots were only available for two hours before the error was discovered.
Benson’s office notified election clerks of the error on the ballots and ordered that replacement ballots be sent immediately to the voters who received an incorrect ballot. The Secretary of State defended herself against the president on Twitter.
“Once again you’re wrong. This was an unintended computer glitch that was caught & quickly corrected. Suggesting otherwise is false & misleading. Impacted voters immediately received an accurate ballot & guidance to ensure their vote counts. And my name, again, is Jocelyn Benson.”
Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk pointed out how Benson’s error comes after she delivered a speech at the Democratic National Convention on the safety of mail-in voting.
Did you know: Michigan’s Secretary of State who spoke at the DNC about the “safety” of voting by mail “mistakenly” misprinted thousands of mail-in ballots for military members—taking Vice President Pence’s name off completely. Where is the media? RT,” Kirk tweeted.
Benson provided clerks with information on how to fix the error including a list of voters who got the ballot, a guide for nullifying the ballots and a letter to the voters to explain the issue. Her office also explained that if a ballot containing the error was submitted, the vote would still be counted for the Trump/Pence ticket.
PHOTO: Official White House Photo by Joyce N. Boghosian
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