Voting advocacy group calls for investigation into lost and delayed ballots

Nov 2, 2012

The Michigan Election Coalition is asking state and local police to look into why hundreds of absentee ballots sent  in Oakland and Macomb county communities never made it to voters.

Terri Kowal  is Auburn Hills' City Clerk. She contacted about 600 people who hadn't returned their ballots and issued new ones to those who hadn't received them.  

"Oh, I definitely think somebody should look into what happened," Kowal says. "It's not just in Auburn Hills. It seemed to be quite widespread."

Kowall says about 85 percent of the new ballots have been returned. But she says the U.S. postal service hasn't given a satisfactory explanation of what happened to the original ballots.

Meanwhile Roseville's police chief says it was simply a matter of slow delivery, not foul play. He says 80 percent of the city's absentee ballots have been accounted for.