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LANSING, Mich. – President Donald Trump ... and “Spike?”

Local election clerks in Michigan downloading absentee ballots for residents overseas were given ballots that listed Trump's Republican running mate as Jeremy Cohen, who is the Libertarian Party candidate for vice president, the Michigan Secretary of State's office said.

Vice President Mike Pence wasn't on the ballot next to Trump. Cohen, whose nickname is “Spike,” is running with Jo Jorgensen.

It was a “temporary error” that was fixed within 90 minutes Tuesday, said Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.

“Approximately 400 ballots were downloaded by clerks during this period; we don’t know how many were sent," Wimmer said.

Clerks were told to reissue correct ballots and tell voters to ignore the erroneous ballot if they received one.

“If a voter does happen to return the incorrect ballot instead of the correct ballot, it will still count. The clerk will be instructed to duplicate a vote for Trump onto a ballot for Trump/Pence,” Wimmer said.

The city clerk in Livonia, Susan Nash, said her office hasn't downloaded any erroneous ballots, but she has heard about the problem.

“I think it’s embarrassing. ... It’s just one more thing for clerks to take care of," Nash told the Detroit Free Press.

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Judge to Decide Whether Alaska Has to Reprint 800K Ballots

By MARK THIESSEN, Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A state court judge was expected to decide Friday whether Alaska officials must reprint 800,000 general election ballots after changing how party affiliation is noted for some candidates.

Election officials dropped the designator for undeclared or nonpartisant candidates if they ran and won the nomination in the Democratic primary. Instead, they are now listed as “Democratic nominee.”

U.S. House candidate Alyse Galvin sued over the change, saying an “N" for non-partisan after her name on the ballot is a defining characteristic for her.

A judge ordered the state to stop printing ballots Thursday, but the work had already been done. Lawyers for Galvin and the state were told to submit more briefings ahead of a Friday hearing bdfore Superior Court Judge Jennifer Henderson.

The state said it must mail overseas absentee ballots by 3 p.m. Friday to meet a federal deadline, though it could have applied for an extension.

The state has “created a tough situation for themselves by printing thousands of improperly altered ballots before posting the sample ballot for candidate and public review," Galvin wrote in court documents. “But the hard work that it will take to correct the situation does not justify allowing this wrong to go uncorrected. Too much is at stake,”

The state counters that it's not misleading to describe Galvin as the Democratic nominee. “Notably, the ballot does not identify her as a ”Democrat,'" state attorneys wrote.

The Alaska Supreme Court said it’s prepared to hear oral arguments Friday if either side appeals a decision by Henderson.

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