On October 3rd, Terry Kowal, City Clerk for Auburn Hills, sent out 1,455 absentee voting ballots to residents who had requested them.
She knew she had a problem about a week later. Calls started coming in from voters, saying things like, "Where's my ballot? My husband got his, but I didn't get mine."
"That always raises a red flag for clerks because they're mailed at the same time," Kowal told Michigan Radio. (And) they're filed alphabetically, so they'd be in the same mail tray."