Several Upper Peninsula communities are facing public scrutiny after missing state and federal deadlines to mail absentee ballots to military and overseas voters.
70 Michigan communities missed the deadline, including six in the U.P.
Here are those communities, by county:
Houghton County — Osceola Township and Portage Township
Marquette County — City of Ishpeming
Menominee County — Menominee Township
Ontonagon County — Matchwood Township
Schoolcraft County — City of Manistique
Ballots must be provided to military and overseas voters who request them at least 45 days before an election, either by traditional mail or by e–mail.
Michigan Secretary of State Ruth Johnson says the communities in the list above did not meet the mailing deadline.
Johnson has instructed clerks in affected communities to immediately contact military and overseas voters and to offer a new ballot if one was not received.