Three absentee ballots requested by voters abroad were supposed to be sent by Sept. 22, according to a complaint filed by Secretary of State Ruth Johnson in Ottawa County Circuit Court last week.
The Secretary of State's Office requires ballots for overseas voters to be mailed at least 45 days in advance of Election Day.
Reached by phone Thursday, Evink said the ballots weren't mailed in time because her office has been overwhelmed in preparation for the Nov. 6 election.
Evink said the three ballots were mailed Sept. 26 and that, as a result of the complaint, the clerk's office will accept those ballots up to four days late.
"It's all been settled," she said.
The complaint filed in Circuit Court asks Judge Ed Post to extend the counting deadline for overseas voters' ballots by the number of days the ballots were delayed.
To see the lawsuit, click the Related File below.
In all, 38 overseas voters' ballots for the Nov. 6 election were mailed late in 24 jurisdictions, according to the Secretary of State's Office.
"The men and women who put their lives on the line to defend our freedoms must be able to participate in our democracy," Johnson said.
— From The Holland Sentinel