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Oakland County Clerk: No 'Crystal Ball' To Know Voter Turnout

There will not be a ballot shortage issue in the November election says Brown.

August 09, 2018 - 9:15 pm

(WWJ) - The spotlight shining on the Oakland County Clerk after several precincts run out of ballots Tuesday during Michigan's primary election.

Voters in some cities like Ferndale, Berkley, and Farmington Hills stood in line waiting as confusion over the shortage of voting ballots developed and the wait for new ballots ensued.  

Oakland County Clerk Lisa Brown says a record turnout may have been a factor.

"Looking back is 20/20 vision - had we had a crystal ball to know this turnout, you know, obviously it wouldn't have been as stressful and it continues to be stressful for us because it's upsetting ... to think that a voter felt disenfranchised. I don't want any voter to ever feel that way in Oakland County," said Brown. 

"There is no way that we ever could have dreamt - that we would have such a high turnout in an August election in Oakland County. In fact, record-breaking in the 11th Congressional race. I love that people came out to vote ... I hate that people had to wait."

Voter turnout on Tuesday night set a state record of over 50 percent.

There were five Republicans and five Democrats making the ballot for their respective parties’ nominations for the spot held by U.S. Rep. Dave Trott, R-Birmingham, who is leaving the 11th Congressional District job. 

Brown says that there will not be a ballot shortage issue in the November election because state law requires that there be a physical ballot on hand at every precinct for every registered voter whether they show up or not in a general election.