New election in Edmore; some voters got wrong ballots

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EDMORE, Mich. (AP) — The election for leader of a village in western Michigan isn’t over yet. In fact, it’s starting over.

A handful of Edmore and Home Township voters were mistakenly given wrong ballots for their respective communities. Residents of the two communities voted at the same location in Montcalm County.

Some Edmore residents didn’t get to vote for village president, while some Home Township residents wrongly voted in that race, county Clerk Kristen Millard said Friday.

The incumbent, Gloria Burr, defeated challenger Aaron Hadley by just five votes Tuesday. But that result has been set aide for a do-over: Roughly 500 voters in Edmore will get a new ballot in the mail.

“It could change the outcome,” Millard said.

A race for village trustee will also be on the new ballot.

The election workers who had switched the ballot stacks “feel absolutely horrible,” Millard said. “I’ve been clerk for 24 years. No, I’ve never had to do this.”

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