Clinton Township precinct runs out of ballots before 8 a.m.

Clinton Township, Michigan (WXYZ) - "How in the heck do you run out of ballots?" asked Josey Wilson, a voter in Clinton Township's 28th Precinct.

It was a question many voters were asking this morning. They lined up before the polls opened at 7:00 a.m., watched about 50 people vote, then were told that there were no more ballots around 7:45 a.m.

They then waited for more ballots to be brought to the precinct and finally got to vote just before 10:00 a.m.

"We knew this day was coming," said Christina Whitenight, one of the voters who waited about 2 hours to vote because of the lack of ballots. "They weren't prepared for voters."

WXYZ contacted the Clinton Township Clerk to find out why this happened. C

lerk George Fitzgerald attributed the problem to 3 things.

He says newly drawn up legislative districts made it difficult to anticipate how many people would vote in each precinct. Plus there was a new state law that requires school board elections be held on even years. That split up the 28 th precinct, which exists in 2 school districts.

There were then more voters than anticipated in half of the split 28 th precinct.

Workers in precinct 28 confirm it is looking to be an extraordinarily busy election. They say the 2012 election might just bring out more voters than the 2008 election. They expect it to be a close one in their precinct. 

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