President Trump and … “Spike” 2020?!
More than 400 military and oversees ballots in Michigan had the wrong running mate for President Trump when they were downloaded from a state database on Tuesday.
Instead of Vice President Mike Pence, the ballots listed Jeremy Cohen, the Libertarian Party VP candidate, whose nickname is “Spike.”
The “temporary error” was fixed within 90 minutes on Tuesday, said Tracy Wimmer, a spokeswoman for Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson.
But it’s not clear how many of the ballots were actually mailed out to voters before the glitch was caught.
“Approximately 400 ballots were downloaded by clerks during this period; we don’t know how many were sent,” Wimmer admitted.
Local election clerks were told to send out correct ballots and to instruct voters to ignore the inaccurate ones, should they have received one.
“If a voter does happen to return the incorrect ballot instead of the correct ballot, it will still count. The clerk will be instructed to duplicate a vote for Trump onto a ballot for Trump/Pence,” Wimmer said.
The erroneous ballots were meant to be mailed or emailed to Michigan residents living abroad under the Military and Overseas Empowerment (MOVE) Act, according to The Detroit News. Those ballots are usually downloaded or printed and sent upon request from an overseas voter.
Cohen, who is running with Jo Jorgensen, quipped: “They better fix these ballots.”
“I’d hate to help Trump’s chances,” he tweeted.
With Post wires
COVID-19 cases up in 21 states as model predicts ‘huge surge’
The number of COVID-19 cases in the US rose by at least 10 percent in 21 states last week — while a new model predicts a “huge surge” is expected to impact more Americans as early as next month.
New infections accelerated mainly in the West, according to a CNN analysis of Johns Hopkins University data, although some eastern outliers like North Carolina and New Jersey also saw upticks.
The states where infections are rising include Alabama, Alaska, Colorado, Idaho, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, Washington state, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Another 18 states saw their rates hold steady, while just 11 — including Florida, Connecticut and New Hampshire — saw new cases of COVID-19 decrease by more than 10 percent from a week earlier, according to the report.
Meanwhile, the country could see a “huge surge” in cases starting in October — and increasing through November and December — as people spend more time inside where there’s a higher likelihood of transmitting the bug, Dr. Chris Murray, director of the University of Washington’s Institute for Health and Metrics and Evaluation told CNN.
The US is currently tallying roughly 765 coronavirus deaths per day — but that figure could nearly quadruple to 3,000 daily fatalities by December, according to IHME’s model.
The bleak analysis also comes just days after a study found that less than 10 percent of Americans have COVID-19 antibodies, suggesting the nation is further off from herd immunity than researchers initially thought, the New York Times reports.
The study, which was published Friday in The Lancet, analyzed blood samples from 28,500 patients on dialysis in 46 states and found that 9.3 percent had antibodies to the virus.
The findings roughly match those in a CDC analysis to be released this week that found about 10 percent of blood samples from sites nationwide had antibodies to the virus, the Times reports.
However, The Lancet research showed antibody levels across the country varied greatly. In the New York metropolitan area, which includes New Jersey, the levels exceeded 25 percent of samples tested, while antibody levels dipped below 5 percent in the West, the Times reports.
Meanwhile, New York reported 1,005 new virus cases on Saturday — the largest single-day uptick since early June.
And in California, state health officials are warning that hospitalizations could skyrocket by up to 89 percent if the state’s current rate of its COVID-19 infections continues, The Mercury News reports.
“As we see these trend lines, which have been coming down and flattening, look like they’re coming up … we want to sound that bell for all of you,” California Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mark Ghlay told reporters Friday.
“We want to see us respond as a state to those slight increases.”
California’s rate of new infections and fatalities, however, remained lower last week than those of two weeks ago — at just over 3,500 cases per day and just below 84 deaths per day, the newspaper reports.
One man killed, seven shot across NYC on Sunday
Seven people were shot in separate incidents across the city on Sunday — including a man who was killed by his own father in Staten Island — according to preliminary numbers released by the NYPD.
Most recently, a 35-year-old man was blasted in the buttocks during a dispute on East 108th Street near Madison Avenue in East Harlem around 6:30 p.m., cops said.
He was taken to NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem in stable condition.
Around 3 p.m., a 19-year-old man was struck in the torso on Herzl Street near Lott Avenue in Brownsville, cops said.
He was taken to Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center in stable condition.
Just over two hours earlier, 68-year-old Joseph Smith fatally shot his 34-year-old son, also named Joseph Smith, in their Beverly Road home in the Concord neighborhood of Staten Island, according to cops.
The father, who has since been arrested, claimed he was holding a shotgun as he argued with his son. He said he assumed the safety was on the weapon — but it was not.
The younger Smith, who was shot in the stomach, was rushed to Staten Island University Hospital North, where he was pronounced dead.
His father was charged with second-degree murder and criminal possession of a weapon, cops said.
On Sunday’s date in 2019, which was a Friday, four people were shot in eight separate incidents.
Three people were shot in two incidents on Saturday, compared to the same number in three incidents last year, police said.
Massive brawl breaks out at North Carolina haunted house
A haunted house Halloween attraction in North Carolina turned into a real-life horror show — with shots fired during a wild brawl involving about 1,000 people.
Officers were first called to the Reaper’s Realm Haunted house in China Grove Saturday on reports of gunfire — only to be met by the “chaotic” mass brawl in the parking lot, The Charlotte Observer said.
“Deputies had to deal with multiple large and small groups of persons that were fighting each other, and there were some shots fired by persons at the event,” Rowan County Sheriff’s Office told the paper.
Overwhelmed deputies called in help from “multiple agencies” including the state highway patrol and local police, the report said.
Officers used “pepper spray on some of the persons at the location who refused to … cease fighting and disperse,” the force said.
A silver Dodge Ram was also seen speeding away “and the vehicle’s occupants are suspected to have fired a number of shots during this incident,” officials said.
An unnamed victim then turned up at a local hospital “for treatment of a gunshot wound to his foot,” cops said.
“This victim said that he was initially unaware that he had suffered a gunshot wound until he had left the Reaper’s Realm location, and that he must have suffered the wound as he was running away from the location where there were shots fired,” the sheriff’s department told the paper.
He was treated and released and “provided only limited information about what happened.”
Five juveniles were arrested and three handguns were confiscated, officials said.
“Parents of the juveniles will be contacted, and the juveniles will be charged and processed through the juvenile court system,” the release said.
The haunted house — about 34 miles northeast of Charlotte — addressed the “unfortunate incident” in a Facebook post.
“The altercation occurred between underage teens from Charlotte that had illegal firearms,” the attraction said.
“This is not the kind of behavior that is welcomed at our haunt. … In ten years of operation, this was the first time that we have ever had to call for police or EMS,” it said, saying it was now increasing security.
“We understand that this was a scary situation, but want everyone to know that this type of behavior is not the norm and is not acceptable at Reaper’s Realm,” it insisted.
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