Burr Oak Township Clerk Jacquilyn Wells has been barred from involvement in election-related matters until further notice from a state agency.
According to a letter issued from Michigan Director of Elections Jonathan Brater, Wells violated Michigan Election Laws regarding the issuance and processing of absent-voter ballots for Tuesday’s primary.
Specifically, according to Brater, the agency has been informed that Wells issued absent-voter ballots rather than absent-voter ballot applications to voters on the township’s permanent absent-voter application list.
Brater further added that the bureau is aware that Wells removed returned absent-voter ballots from the return envelopes and placed them in a separate return envelope.
In light of those alleged facts, Brater instructed Wells to refrain from administering any elections held in Burr Oak Township until further notice. Under the circumstances, St. Joseph County Clerk Lindsay Oswald oversaw the township’s election day activities until mid-afternoon Tuesday. She was subsequently replaced by an appointed representative for the balance of the day until polls closed at 8 p.m.